Many of you may be aware that Friday, April 20 is being advertised as the National School Walkout. It has come to our attention that some of our high school students may participate in this event. Like the student-led walkout that took place on March 14, our school division will neither encourage, nor will we discourage student participation. Employees will not be active participants in this event, should it take place.
If a student-led walkout takes place, it is expected to be different from the one that occured last month as we anticipate that students who leave school for this walkout will not return to class. While our school division respects the right of students to engage in an expression of their voice, we do not support, nor do we condone unauthorized leave from the school grounds during the instructional day. This Friday, we are planning for a normal instructional schedule. We expect students will attend classes for the duration of the day.
We want to provide advance notice that students who voluntarily choose to walk out tomorrow will be counted with an unexcused absence unless a parent or guardian provides a written note requesting that their child’s absence be excused. Elementary and middle school students will not be permitted to leave school school grounds unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Our school division’s code of conduct outlines the consequences for students who leave school ground without permission.
It is also important for our students, parents, and guardians to know that once a student leaves school grounds, our school division is no longer able to provide for their safety. Students who leave school grounds and do not return do so at their own risk.
Please feel free to contact your child’s principal or my office if you have any questions. As partners in your child’s academic experience, it is important that we work together to foster their success.
Jeremy J. Raley, Ed.D.
John L. Lumpkins
Chairman, Goochland County School Board