First Coast News has obtained the following statements from various school districts across the First Coast regarding school walkouts planned Wednesday, March 14 nationwide, which is the one-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people. You can read the following statements:
CAMDEN COUNTY SCHOOLS:
- Students at Camden County High School are held to a code of conduct which is in place to guarantee, to the greatest extent possible, the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and visitors on campus. The code of conduct states that students may not be tardy or absent from any class or other required school function during required school hours except for illness or other providential cause, except with written permission of the teacher, principal, or other authorized school official, nor may any student encourage, urge, or counsel other students to violate this rule. A student may not leave school grounds or class prior to the end of the school day, after their initial arrival on campus, without the permission of a school official. A student shall not perform any other act which is subversive to good order and discipline in the schools.
- Students may be dismissed early during the school day with parental permission and school approval. The student must be signed out in the front office by an adult who presents picture identification verifying they are authorized to take custody of the student before leaving. Students are not allowed to sign themselves out of school. Students violating the code of conduct receive consequences consistent with the seriousness of the infraction and their disciplinary history.
CLAY COUNTY SCHOOLS:
- On Spring Break
COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
- As long as students participate in accordance with their schools plan, they will not face disciplinary action.
FLAGLER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
GLYNN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM:
- As with all situations involving student discipline throughout the year, any issues that arise [Wednesday] or in the future will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS:
- The protocols include: Designated, well-supervised, safe zones for students to assemble; Students who cause disruption at, to or from the walkout or who don’t return to class in a timely fashion will be subject to disciplinary action; Teachers will remain in class with students who don’t participate in the walkout. If all of a teacher’s students participate in the walkout, the teacher will tag along to aid in supervision.
- Students have the right to participate in the National School Walkout but are encouraged to do so respectfully and safely. Putnam County School District is embracing the event and recognizes the importance this brings to student’s healing and processing of the tragic event that took place on February 14th, 2018.
NASSAU COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
- First Coast News reached out to Nassau County School District, but have not heard back.
ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
- A spokesperson spoke with First Coast News over the phone and said it'll be a school-by-school plan and that their students won't face disciplinary action if their actions fall within the schools' plans.