Some WHS, PVS & TLS Students Plan to Participate in National School Walkout Day April 20
Waukee Community School District administration has been working jointly with our students on a movement that has been getting national, state and local attention. National School Walkout Day is planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting. April 20 has also been designated as the Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools.
Our Waukee High School (WHS) Student Council and Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) clubs have been networking with surrounding school districts in an attempt to make their voices heard. The message our students want to send is, “Central Iowa Students Against Gun Violence.”
WHS students have planned a walkout at 10 a.m. on April 20. Students who choose to participate will walk out of their classes and proceed to the WHS Stadium. While at the stadium a few students will speak. We anticipate this walkout lasting between 30-45 minutes.
Timberline and Prairieview students have also planned a walkout at 10 a.m. on April 20. The expectation is that Timberline and Prairieview students will stay in a safe, designated environment throughout the duration of the walkout which is anticipated to last no longer than 30 minutes.
We are proud that our students want to exercise their First Amendment rights to express their views on this important topic. When students advocate for an issue they feel passionate about, it can be a powerful learning experience. We also recognize that some students may not want to participate in a walkout and would prefer to stay in class. Students are not mandated to participate in this exercise. When the walkout occurs, classes will continue on their normal schedule.
We want to ensure that all students feel safe and respected, no matter what they choose to do. Building staff and the Waukee Police Department will be on hand to ensure student safety.
Once the walkouts are complete, some high school students have mentioned that they would like to participate in the rally planned at the Iowa Capitol. If your child would like to participate in an event off school grounds, they will need to be excused from school via parent phone call to your building’s attendance office. Absences that are not excused by a parent will be treated as unexcused.
As always, the safety of our students is our priority. If you have questions or concern, please contact a building administrator or district office.