First and foremost schools are for students as we consider the walk out and March for Our Lives many schools wonder how to respond. It is vital to remember students cannot learn if they feel unsafe, unheard, and undervalued. Adults need to create spaces to let their voices be heard in a meaningful manner.
Provide guidelines to faculty for classroom conversations
Highlight that students are victims of gun violence across the Country. Many are in socioeconomically challenged communities, in urban settings, and are students of color. The momentum from Parkland needs to extend to all students.
Remind faculty, students, and parents of your safety plans as a school
Prepare for emotional responses including powerlessness, anxiety, worry, and more
Develop alternatives, for school choosing not to allow a walk out:
Create an option for students to talk and adults to listen
Document the ideas, feelings, thoughts shared to incorporate into your planning
Message your values clearly and consistently to students, parents, and faculty
Look ahead to March for Our Lives 3.24.18
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