From the Principal
Recently a number of
students and families in our community have indicated their desire to
participate in a 17-minute walk out on March 14 at
10 a.m. to demand action on gun violence after the tragic event in
Parkland, Florida. While this issue weighs heavily on all of our hearts
and minds, I want to provide some guidance on how our school plans to
conduct activities on this day.
At George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science, our
top priority is teaching and learning. We respect and support the right
of our students to advocate for causes that are important to them and we
are actively working with students to plan age-appropriate activities
in the spirit of the walk out on March 14 that
will occur on school grounds under the safety and supervision of
adults. If you have suggestions, you can contact me or any school
administrator at any time.
encourage you to talk to your student(s) about how they may be feeling
about this issue and the importance of expressing themselves in
appropriate ways at school. As educators, we also recognize that student
activism is a part of the learning process. When kids are passionate
about an issue, it is an opportunity for educators to help students see
the connection between curriculum and real life. We will be doing this
in school, aligned with our curriculum and state standards.
In addition, it is important
to know that disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not
acceptable and will be handled compassionately but firmly, in accordance
with our school's code of conduct. We are proactively working with
students, counselors and local law enforcement to ensure any student led
efforts are handled in the most peaceful, respectful way and in the
best interest of our children.
regular attendance reporting mechanisms will be enforced on this day.
Students who leave campus or do not report to class after the 17 minutes
of planned activities on campus have ended, will be marked with an
Thank you for your continued support of Carver. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Allegra Alessandri, Principal
to read the school's violent intruder emergency plan.