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Guidelines set for student demonstrations

In response to the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, students nationwide are planning a demonstration during the school day on March 14. MPS has set guidelines for student participation to ensure safety while protecting students’ right to assemble.

We urge students, families, staff, and the community to read the important message below from Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Dear MPS Family,

On March 14, 2018, students around the country and in Milwaukee Public Schools are planning to participate in the student-led National School Walkout. It calls for students to gather outside school at 10:00 a.m. for 17 minutes - one minute for each of the individuals killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month.

I support our students in expressing their constitutional rights to assembly and peaceful protest in a respectful way. I also expect our students to follow a few simple guidelines as we work to protect their safety as well as their First Amendment rights. Families and MPS staff, please review these general guidelines with your students:

  • Only students in 6th - 12th grade can participate in the National School Walkout by leaving their classrooms. This decision was made to protect the safety of our youngest students. Students in kindergarten through 5th grade may participate in classroom activities during that time.
  • Students are not required to participate. Students who do not choose to participate will be supervised by staff during the walkout.
  • Students are not allowed to leave the school campus during the protest, which will end promptly at 10:17 a.m. The district cannot ensure student safety once they leave school grounds. Students who do not return to the building promptly or leave school grounds will not be allowed back into the building for the remainder of the school day.
  • Parents of students in 6th - 12th grade may join their students from 10:00 - 10:17 a.m. Parents must arrive at the school no later than 9:30 a.m. For the safety of our students, no one will be allowed access after 9:45 a.m.
  • For safety reasons, members of the community will not be allowed to join students on school grounds. If you wish to support the efforts of students participating in the National School Walkout, please consider using the social media hashtag #standwithstudents

MPS will have additional staff at each school. We are also working with the Milwaukee Police Department and the MPS Division of School Safety to provide additional support, as needed.

From this tragic situation, our young people have the opportunity to build on and create their own voices and to participate in civic engagement. Thank you for your support of our young people.

Estimada familia de MPS,

El 14 de marzo de 2018, los estudiantes de todo el país y de las Escuelas Públicas de Milwaukee planean participar en la protesta escolar nacional dirigida por estudiantes. Se pide a los estudiantes que se reúnan fuera de la escuela a las 10:00 a.m. durante 17 minutos, un minuto por cada una de las personas asesinadas durante el tiroteo en Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School en Florida el mes pasado.

Apoyo personalmente a nuestros estudiantes a expresar sus derechos constitucionales de reunión y protesta pacífica de una manera respetuosa. También espero que nuestros estudiantes sigan algunas pautas sencillas mientras trabajamos para proteger su seguridad así como sus derechos de la Primera Enmienda. Familias y personal de MPS, por favor, lean estas pautas generales con sus estudiantes:

  • Solo estudiantes de 6.o a 12.o grado pueden participar en la protesta escolar nacional al salir de sus salones de clase. Esta decisión se tomó para proteger la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes más jóvenes. Los estudiantes de kindergarten al 5.o grado pueden participar en actividades de clase durante ese tiempo.
  • Los estudiantes no están obligados a participar. Los estudiantes que decidan no participar serán supervisados ​​por el personal durante la protesta.
  • Los estudiantes no pueden salir del campus de la escuela durante la protesta, la cual terminará puntualmente a las 10:17 a.m. El distrito no puede garantizar la seguridad de los estudiantes si se encuentran fuera del campus. Los estudiantes que no regresen al edificio puntualmente o que abandonen el campus de la escuela no podrán regresar al edificio por el resto del día escolar.
  • Los padres de estudiantes de 6.o a 12.o grado pueden acompañar a sus hijos de las 10:00 a las 10:17 a.m. Los padres deben llegar a la escuela a más tardar a las 9:30 a.m. Por la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, nadie tendrá acceso después de las 9:45 a.m.
  • Por razones de seguridad, los miembros de la comunidad no podrán unirse a los estudiantes en el campus de la escuela. Si desea apoyar los esfuerzos de los estudiantes que participan en la protesta escolar nacional, considere usar el hashtag de redes sociales #standwithstudents.

MPS tendrá personal adicional en cada escuela. También estamos trabajando con el Departamento de Policía de Milwaukee y la División de Seguridad Escolar de MPS para proporcionar apoyo adicional, según sea necesario.

A partir de esta trágica situación, nuestros jóvenes tienen la oportunidad de desarrollar y crear sus propias expresiones y participar en su compromiso cívico. Gracias por su apoyo a nuestros jóvenes.

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