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3/12/18 Notice to Woodland High School Friends and Family.

3/12/18 Notice to Woodland High School Friends and Family.

March 12, 2018

WOODLAND COMMUNITY UNIT DISTRICT NO. 5

5800 E. 3000 North Rd, Streator, Illinois 61364-8881

815-672-5974

   Board of Education                                                                                                                                                    Superintendent

Eric Sass, President                                                                                                                                                      Ryan McGuckin

Jeremy Adams, Vice President                                                                                                                                                                

Chad Gilkerson, Secretary                                                                                                                                                        Principal

Eric Perhach                                                                                                                                                                      Jodi Peterson

Dan Reinmann                                                                                                                                                                                       

Rebecca Sterling                                                                                                                                                       Assistant Principal

Karen Hadley                                                                                                                                                                Jacob Burcenski

March 12, 2018

Dear Woodland High School Families,

Over the course of the last few weeks, students and staff have had many conversations with me expressing their concerns about student and staff safety.  I have assured them that we take the safety and security of our students, teachers, and staff as our number one priority here at Woodland.  We have and will continue to take steps necessary to ensure their safety and security.  In addition to sharing their concerns, students have also shared with me that they see the events of February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida as a call for action.  I have shared my views that I believe that a way to honor those 17-students who lost their lives is by talking to and trying to become friends with 17-students of Woodland you do not necessarily speak with on a normal basis or doing 17-acts of kindness in our school and local communities for people in need.  Students have been responsive to these ideas but have also expressed a need to do something else.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 high school students from around the country are being asked to walk out of school in support of the right for all students to have a safe school environment. We recognize that there are differing opinions on how to address school safety issues, hence the need to offer students the option to participate as well as respect their right to refrain from participation.

Woodland CUSD #5 has a plan in place to accommodate students who would like to participate in this 17-minute event at 10:30 AM, while at the same time, providing a safe and secure environment.   Students will be allowed to exit the building to go to a designated location on the Woodland school campus but will not be allowed to leave the school property nor be in or around the vehicles of students or staff.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s department will be on site to ensure student safety.  Student(s) will ring our victory bell 17-times honoring those 17-victims of Parkland and reenter the building following minute seventeen.  High School teachers will manage their own classrooms with the students who choose not to participate, anything missed will be on the student to make up in the time identified by the teacher, and attendance will be taken of the students who do wish to walk out.  Any high school student who chooses to participate in this walkout will not be subject to attendance or discipline violations.  However, if a student leaves earlier than 10:30 AM or are out of class longer than the 17-minutes, discipline and attendance policies will be enforced. 

As educators, one of our most important tasks is providing students with the guidance of learning advocacy skills for developing policy when they become adults.  As time marches forward, we want to make sure the students of today are ready to assume the leadership roles of tomorrow.

Woodland CUSD #5 thanks you for your continued support.

Respectfully,
Ryan McGuckin
Superintendent

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