National School Walkout Day
Dear Parents/Guardians of Seekonk Students,
I’m sure that you are aware that many students across the country are planning activities for Wednesday, March 14, 2018 to honor those who died in the shootings last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Supported by the Women’s March, this has been designated as National School Walkout Day. The purpose is to give voice to our students who passionately advocate for school safety.
Over the last two weeks, administrators have met with staff, students, and members of the Seekonk Police Department to coordinate this student-led movement. We all agree that safety is our #1 priority and we respect the students’ need to raise awareness and make a difference on this important issue. Although participation is voluntary, we totally support their involvement and consider it to be an exceptional example of civic learning, engagement, and responsibility.
Activities have been planned for Hurley Middle School and Seekonk High School whereas the elementary schools will be responding in a developmentally-appropriate manner. Building principals will be sharing further details of their plans with you prior to Wednesday’s events.
As a district and a community, we must continue our work toward safe, secure, and incident-free schools. We are grateful to those participated as well as those who attended the Forum for School Safety on March 8, 2018. It is clear that we all have a role in making our schools safe, respectful, and caring places for learning. We will continue to focus on prevention, intervention, and up-to-date and well-practiced responses.
Arlene F. Bosco
Superintendent Seekonk Schools