• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Wednesday, March 07, 2018

MCSD Plans Alternate Activity in Lieu of National School Walkout Day


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

Columbus, GA- The Muscogee County School District has developed an alternate activity for District students in lieu of the National School Walkout Day. The program, “Speak up! Sit in,” will feature a video conference dialogue with MCSD student delegates, representing each middle and high school, and members from the local State Legislative Delegation.
“This is clearly an issue of great importance to many students nationwide, including our own. However, an outdoor walk-out on a designated date and appointed time is obviously a safety concern in itself. Therefore, with the help of our participating local State Legislative Delegation members, we have developed a civics engagement activity that we believe will provide students with a safe and appropriate forum in which to express their thoughts and concerns,” said Superintendent Dr. David Lewis.
Each middle and high school classroom will have access to view the session via Livestream on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:00-9:45 a.m., through a secure District channel. The public will also be able to view the session on the District’s Facebook page via Facebook Live. This will be followed by an optional opportunity for students and teachers to write a letter of support to those impacted by the tragic event that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Written letters will be collected and forwarded to the school upon completion of the exercise.
This session is the only District-approved exercise that will take place regarding any of the proposed walk-outs surfacing in the news. Unapproved exercises will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Students who participate in unapproved exercises will face immediate disciplinary action.
Any parent who does not want his/her child to participate in this activity, will have the opportunity to opt-out. Each school will provide those students alternative activities during the session. A letter outlining the full details, including the opt-out information, will provided by each school.
“We hope our students will find this activity meaningful and take advantage of the opportunity to engage in an exercise aligned with our Civics and American Government lessons. We believe this will inspire and equip our students to become active and productive citizens in a safe and productive manner,” said Lewis.
The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.
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