Dear Parents and Guardians,
The tragedy in Broward County Florida February 14 and other losses of life on school campuses across the nation over several years have driven increased interest in student-led civic engagement efforts and actions, including the idea of school walk-outs. Chicago SD 299 (Chicago Public Schools) and Foreman College and Career Academy (FCCA) supports students’ Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. Our goal in responding to walk-out plans and other forms of peaceful assembly is to try and keep focus on teaching and learning while providing guidance and planning to support student and staff safety.
Based on social media messaging, it appears that there are at
March 14: @WomensMarch Action – call for school walkout for 17 minutes.
- March 24: March for Our Lives for all to participate in Washington, DC (@AMarch4OurLives)
- April 20: National School Walkout for students across nation in local districts (@schoolwalkoutUS)
On March 14th, if any FCCA students inform us that they are choosing to walk out at 10:00am for 17 minutes to support the action we will ask them to use our rear door at 1 center and gather for the 17 minutes in our parking lot, then return to class. Their attendance will not be affected. Staying on our campus will provide a measure of safety will they express their voice. I will also have a security presence for them.
On April 20th (the anniversary of the Columbine school massacre) organizers are asking students to wear orange and walk out of school at 10:00 am for the remainder of the day. I ask that if you know that your child intends on walking out that you come and get them, please! Any student that does not return legally has to be marked as absent.
Our top priority is to support the academic and social emotional needs of our students while maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment for all. We respect and support the right of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and welcome the opportunity to work with any student or student group to discuss appropriate and creative ways to do so while at school. They can contact me or any school administrator at any time 773.534.3405. I encourage you to talk to your child(ren) about this topic and the importance of expressing themselves in appropriate ways at school. It’s important to know that disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable and will be handled compassionately but firmly in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Thank you for your continued support of Foreman College and Career Academy.
Wayne K. Issa – Principal