Monday, May 1 is a day when human, civil rights and other groups and individuals will be participating in a National Day of Protest in connection with the debate on immigrant issues in this country.
We are respectful of the need for our students to express their First Amendment rights.
However, our primary purpose is education. As such, we want any campus participation to be managed in way that respects students and yet preserves student safety. We seek your assistance in helping us managing your child’s participation in any activities associated with this protest Monday.
We will certainly attempt to keep students in class during school hours. We are encouraging our teachers to provide classroom learning opportunities around this issue as an alternative to actually participating in a protest.
However, should students leave school without permission, please understand that they may be subject to disciplinary action. However, because we want to be respectful of their desire to express themselves, we are looking at using any disciplinary measures in a way that is constructive, such as performing community service or a lesson that will illuminate this debate in a meaningful and education way.
Please encourage your son or daughter to look for ways to voice their concerns through means that keep them in school Monday, such as writing letters to lawmakers or letters to the editor of local newspapers.
Please rest assure that we will do all we can to keep your children safe and secure on campus Monday.
Thank you for your support of DCPS.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Janey's statement to parents about May day protests
The following is a statement to the parents of DCPS students about today's National Day of Protest.