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Update Regarding Student-Led Protests and Walkouts

Monday, March 12, 2018

As the long and emotional recovery process continues for the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) community following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy, our students have been expressing their hurt, anger, disbelief and a flood of other emotions.

Plans for student-led school walkouts and other gatherings in response to the tragedy continue to gain momentum – both locally and across the nation. BCPS supports our students’ rights to make their voices heard and encourages peaceful and lawful protests only. Any violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be handled by individual schools. In the event that students walk out or gather, school principals have been informed to direct and remain with students in a designated area, to ensure supervision is in place.

The District’s guidelines for student-led walkouts and gatherings were also shared with families to assure them that BCPS staff will not interfere with peaceful protests and that plans are in place to keep students safe. A copy of the letter shared with parents is attached. 

During this difficult time, BCPS continues to focus on providing our students, families and employees with the support they need to recover and heal from this tragedy. Please keep the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community in your thoughts and prayers.




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