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Gloversville Enlarged School District

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June 21, 2018

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Posted 3/16/18

A copy of this letter will be mailed to parents of GHS students on Monday, March 19.

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing today in response to an article published in the Leader Herald about the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14, as it relates to Gloversville High School.

As a school district, we are committed to keeping students safe, that is our highest priority. Given the extensive publicity that occurred prior to the National School Walkout, district and school leaders felt that a walkout, in which students leave the school building unsupervised, could create an unnecessary risk to students.

Contrary to the report in the Leader Herald, we want to make clear that at no time on Wednesday was any student prevented from leaving the building, nor did any student indicate their intent to do so. No student has faced any disciplinary action for participating or not participating in events on March 14.

The district requested a police presence at the high school campus in the interest of safety and security, in the event that students did choose to walk out. We also asked staff members to position themselves near the exits to the building to account for students entering or exiting the building, as it is our responsibility to keep students safe and out of harm’s way during the school day.

We did listen to student suggestions, and honored their request to hold a moment of silence and sound a chime 17 times in memory of 14 students and three educators who lost their lives in the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida one month ago. Students did not approach high school leaders expressing an interest in organizing a walkout or another activity on March 14. Rest assured, school leaders were ready and available to help support any ideas proposed by students.

That said, to provide students an opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment, teachers were encouraged to use the National School Walkout as a teachable moment in their classrooms and encourage class discussions about topics surrounding school safety. The auditorium also was open for students to gather and discuss school and community safety concerns with the student representative to the Board of Education, as well as Gloversville Mayor Dayton King.

As educators, we fully support our students’ First Amendment rights and encourage them to become actively engaged citizens who learn the skills needed to form, support and express their own personal positions on issues in a safe and appropriate way that does not disrupt the overall learning environment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Robert DeLilli
Interim Superintendent

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