Fulton County Schools to Provide Structured, Organized Events March 14
Fulton County Schools will support students in their desire to honor the teenagers and faculty murdered and injured in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“This is a learning opportunity for our students,” said Superintendent Jeff Rose. “The District will provide support to schools, ensuring a supervised environment. We will allow students to respectfully express their support for those impacted by the Parkland, Florida shooting.”
National School Walkout Day is planned for March 14. FCS will continue to adhere to District policy, while allowing students to express themselves peacefully in safe events that will not disrupt instructional time. Middle and high schools will adapt schedules to allow students to express their support using established protocols and guidance from school and district leadership. All activities are optional.
At 10:00 a.m. on March 14, FCS middle and high school students will have adjusted schedules to participate in expressions of support for the Parkland, Florida community.????
Any student who does not report to school, or who leaves the campus during instructional time, will receive an unexcused absence. School principals will determine any student disciplinary action in accordance with policy and the Fulton County Schools Student Code of Conduct Handbook.
Fulton County Schools Statement
On Wednesday, March 14 Fulton County Schools experienced a successful day. Our students supported and honored the teenagers and families of murdered and injured victims in Parkland, Florida. We can report peaceful and positive expressions of support from nearly 23,000 students at 36 middle and high schools throughout our district. We are proud of our students and staff; they represented themselves and FCS extremely well.
The district collaborated with principals and provided schools with guidance for our student-led and staff supported events to ensure we abided by our FCS policies. However, one incident at Cambridge High School has caused concern. At the end of the event, two students stood up on a picnic table and began to read their comments. A teacher then told them they would not able to read their speeches. We have determined that the students should have been able to read and finish their comments, and we apologize. We are a learning organization, and we will use this incident to help us support student perspectives in the future.