National Student Walkout for Government Action to End Gun Violence
Wednesday, March 14th from 10:00 to 10:17am
This Wednesday, March 14th students across the nation will be participating in a National Student Walkout for meaningful government action to end gun violence. The walkout will last for 17 minutes, 1 minute for each victim of the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
Many students in Palo Alto middle and high schools will be participating in student initiated National Student Walkout actions.
Barron Park Elementary School is planning to observe this general initiative in an age appropriate, "Hopes and Dreams" way on March 28. Stay tuned for more details from Principal Goddard.
All community members are welcome to join the Paly and Palo Alto Community Walkout (gathering will occur on the sidewalk at Embarcadero and El Camino Real between 10:00 and 10:17am). This will be a peaceful event and suitable for all ages. If you elect to bring your elementary or middle school student to this event please sign them out at the office. They will receive an unexcused absence but no further disciplinary action should be expected.
Resolution of the Executive Board of the Palo Alto Council of PTAs:
"On Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, the Executive Board of the Palo Alto Council of PTAs unanimously resolved to strongly support the participation of PAUSD students in the National Student Walkout of March 14th in support of actions to end gun violence. The Executive Board hereby resolved to support students’ rights to acts of civil disobedience and to exercise their right to free speech. The Executive Board urges the district to ensure that no student will be threatened with or experience punitive action as a result of exercising their rights beyond an unexcused absence."
PTA Council encourages parents, teachers and community members to join the California PTA "Call Out". See: http://capta.org/resource/pta-demands-action-to-end-gun-violence/ for more information about this initiative, along with contact information for our elected representatives and sample scripts.