National School Walkout

Communication Plan, 3.1.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

National

ly Recognized

School Walkouts

on March 14 &

April 20

*

Note: If your school

experiences

an unplanned event

outside of these dates, contact us

for help and guidance.

IN THE

EVENT

OF A SCHOOL WALKOUT OR PROTEST,

CONTACT YOUR

COMMUNITY SUPERINTENDENT

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RESPONSE TEAM:

CONTACT

EMAIL & PHONE NUMBERS

Tony Majors

Student Services

Jimmy Wheeler

S

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curity

Ken Stark

Operations

Michelle Michaud

Communications

Sito Narcisse

C

hief of

Schools

Monique Felder

Chief

Academic Officer

Chris Henson

Chief Operating Officer

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Chris.Henson@mnps.org

Principals, we know this is a challenging time. We are here to help you.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to

any or all of the team members for

assistance.

 

PLANS FOR POSSIBLE WALKOUT

A.

Meet

with student leaders

now

:

Assess their plans. H

ow organized are they?

Talk with students about

a

peaceful assembly

inside

the school.

Share what will

be allowed and what behaviors will result in disciplinary action

-

i.e.

, leaving

campus, not returning to

class, etc.

Offer counseling/support

Prioritize Safety

Offer these guidelines:

1.

The

school will provide 17

-

25

minutes for an assembly

. Students will be

allowed to check into

class

, walk to the assembly space, assemble for 17

-

25

minutes, then walk back to c

lass to be checked back into class. If they do not

check back into class, they will be counted as absent.

2.

Make this a

teachable moment

. Remind students, teachers and parents that

student activism is a part of the learning process. An important way to look

at

student activism (any kind of activism) is students taking what they are learning

in school and making it real. When kids are passionate about an issue, it is an

opportunity for educators to help students see the connection between

curriculum and real l

ife.

B. Prepare staff in advance:

Meet with staff

about what to expect,

i.e.

: callouts to parents, schedule for the

assembly, possible

absent

students, media on campus.

Appropriately and respectfully handle the situation if a student walks out

in

the middle of class.

We support their right to free speech, but in the context of the

school day there are rules with safety being the key component.

Students NOT protesting

should be allowed to remain in class or go to a

specified area.

C. Do Callout

to Parents/Students

ASAP

:

(

Between Monday

,

March

5

,

and Wednesday

,

March 7

)

Use attached sample callout scripts

. Contact communications for help, if

needed. Please, stick to the script to ensure seamless communication across the

district.

o

See script for

Before Walkout

:

to paren

ts and students

, 2.a

o

See script for

Day of Walkout

:

to parents

, 2.b.

o

S

ee script for

Disruptive Walkout

:

to parents

, 2.c

CALLOUT SCRIPTS

2.a

. Before Walkout: to parents and students CALL OUT SCRIPT

Good Evening [

school

] Students and Families:

This is [

principal name

] with an important message. Recently, I have heard that some students

are

plan

n

ing

to walkout of our school in response to the national protest to guns in schools. As

educators, we

recognize student activism is

part of the learning process. When kids are

passionate about an issue, it is an opportunity for

us

to help students see the connection

between curriculum and real life.

We

also

respect and support the right of our

students’

right to free speech

.

Because o

f that, w

e

are proactively working with students, counselors and local law enforcement to ensure any

student

-

led efforts are handled

peacefully and

respectful

ly.

For their safety, we are providing

assembly time and space within our school. We will also inv

ite the media into our school to hear

their voices.

Please

know that disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable and will

be handled compassionately but firmly, in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Thank you for your c

ontinued support of [

SCHOOL

]. Enjoy your evening, and please let me

know if you have any questions.

2.b. When a Walkout Occurs: CALL OUT SCRIPT

Good Evening [

school

] Students and Families,

This is [

Principal NAME

] with an important message. Today, some of our students participated in

peaceful protests on campus in response to

the national

protest

guns in schools

. Our

students [

CUSTOMIZE: explain what happened i.e. sit

-

ins, poetry readings, etc

.] for

about [

TIME in

minutes

/hours/day

], and then peacefully returned to class for the rest of the day’s

planned instruction.

At [

SCHOOL

], we understand that our students

may be feeling lots of emotions, including

anxiety, fear and even anger about recent events in Florida. We respect the right of our students

to advocate for causes that are important to them and support their efforts to do so in an

authorized and orderly

manner while at school.

We thank our students for the way they conducted themselves today while allowing their civic

voices to be heard. I encourage you to talk to your child(ren) about how they may be feeling.

[

SCHOOL

] also has counselors available and r

eady to talk to students at any time.

Thank you for your continued support of [

SCHOOL

]. Please let me know if you have any

questions.

2.c. When Disruptive Walkouts Occur: CALL OUT SCRIPT

Good morning/evening [

SCHOOL

] students and families,

This is [

Pr

incipal NAME

] with an important message. At [

SCHOOL

], we respect the right of our

students to advocate for causes that are important to them. Unfortunately, some students on our

campus today chose to protest in ways that significantly disrupted school oper

ations and

threatened the safety and order for other students and staff within our school. Swift action was

taken by school security and MNPD to address the situation. No students or staff members

were injured during the incident.

The safety of our studen

ts and staff is our top priority. Inappropriate behaviors that threaten

school safety will be handled immediately and firmly in accordance with the Student Code of

Conduct and MNPD.

We understand that our students may be feeling lots of emotions, including

anxiety, fear and

even anger about today’s events. I encourage you to talk to your child(ren) about how they may

be feeling, and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways while at school.

[

SCHOOL

] also has counselors available and ready

to talk to students at any time.

We look forward to welcoming students back tomorrow for a great day of teaching and learning.

Thank you for your continued support of [

SCHOOL

]. Please let me know if you have any

questions.

HOW TO

MANAGE

MEDIA

Details

Media will be allowed to attend

assemblies at schools. W

e will make every

effort to pinpoint the schools where media will be present ahead of time.

Students with prior permission

from parents to be on camera may speak on

behalf of their student body.

Per

mission

can be in the form of a

photo

permission form already signed and on file at the beginning of school.

Principals, staff, teachers, please refer all media to the communications

office for quotes

on camera.

Please do not speak on camera regarding th

is

event.

*

A NOTE ABOUT POP

-

UP MARCHES/SIT

-

INS/PROTESTS

MNPS anticipates non

-

scheduled protests between now and the nationally

scheduled events. If that happens at your school, please know students must have

permission to leave the school. I

f

they leave without officially signing out, they will be

cited for loitering, per Tony Majors.

So far, schools experiencing these types of protests have not had serious

problems. However,

please alert security immediately

if a protest begins at your

school