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Posted March 3, 2015

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Safety Concerns Prompt Stricter Rules for Protestors

While we respect the rights of students to express their opinions, we won't tolerate disruptions that impact learning.

Over the past two days we’ve witnessed hundreds of APS students walk out of class and sometimes off campus to protest mandatory testing. We respect the rights of students to voice their opinions, but we will not tolerate protests that interfere with the educational rights of others, become disruptive or thrust students into danger. 

Because some of these protests have become disruptive and even dangerous, we’ve decided that:

  • Students who choose to leave their campuses will be marked unexcused and not be allowed back on campus for the day.
  • Students will be given a zero for the entire day of testing and/or missed school assignments.
  • Students who decide to leave their assigned campuses and go to other schools can be charged with criminal trespassing and/or face possible suspension.

There are ways to protest without violating the rights of the tens of thousands of students who choose to be in class learning.

Again, we ask parents and guardians to talk with students about the serious safety issues involved when unaccompanied groups of students walk along roadways with heavy traffic. APS is responsible for the safety of our students while they are in their schools. We’re not responsible for student activity or safety off campus.

We hope everyone understands the seriousness of these safety issues. We want students in class where they belong, and we want to do what we can to avoid any tragic, unnecessary consequences from these protests.

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