Repeat of an earlier post:
Some students may be planning to participate in a peaceful walkout and protest on Friday, May 1, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. The citywide walkout was planned by the group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis and more information about their event can be found online.
This is not a school event and responsibility of the students returns to the family.
We respect students’ First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. We will not discipline students for the act of protesting as long as the protest remains peaceful.
However, if students walk out of school, they will not be able to return to the school for the remainder of the day, they will not be able to participate in after-school activities and they may receive an unexcused absence.
Staff are monitoring the situation and there are procedures in place to manage the situation while respecting students’ rights.
If you have concerns about your child’s participation, please talk with them about the event and share your views with them. If you child plans to walk out that day, ensure you have a way to stay in touch with them.
According to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, the walkout is planned for 10:30 to 2:30 that day, culminating at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue in south Minneapolis.