Walkout Information

Regarding Walkouts 

Several nation-wide online movements have sprung up, advocating for students and staff to stage walkouts during the school day on several different dates (March 14, March 24, and April 20) to advocate for political action on the issue of gun control. These events are not sponsored, organized, or endorsed by the district or any of its schools. 

What You Should Know

We are proud that our students want to exercise their First Amendment rights to express their views. When students advocate for an issue they feel passionate about, it can be a powerful learning experience. 

We respect the fact that some of our students may desire to express their support for the walkout movements. We also recognize that some students may not want to participate in a walkout and would prefer to stay in class. We want to ensure that all students feel safe and respected, no matter what they choose to do. We are working with our student leadership groups to discuss ways that individual students can express their individual views without interrupting the educational environment at our schools. 

If a walkout occurs, schools and classes will continue on their normal schedule, and we will deploy staff as necessary to ensure student safety on school grounds. We will not discipline students for participating in a walkout as long as the activity remains peaceful. However, the school district reserves the right to discipline any students who engage in violent or destructive behavior. 

RPS encourages families to have conversations with their students about their expectations for participation in non-school sponsored activities, including walkouts. The best way for us to ensure student safety during the school day is to know where our students are—that’s simply not possible if they leave school grounds. The school district is not responsible for supervising students who leave school grounds. 

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our priority and appreciate our partnership with our parents/guardians in matters of safety and education.


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