Get Involved and Stay Informed (4-18-2018)
Principal Olivero here with your weekly school update.
As you may be aware, there are two national demonstrations to protest gun violence scheduled for Friday, April 20: National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools and the National School Walkout. April 20th is the same day the school shooting took place at Columbine High School in Colorado back in 1999.
I have been informed by one of our student leaders that some of our students plan to walk out of school on Friday, at 10 am. Students and parents should know that the San Diego Unified School District and UCHS supports students' Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression, and recognizes the right of parents/guardians to remove students from school to participate in parent/guardian supervised walk outs. On the other hand, the school district does not endorse student walk-outs that take place off campus. If a student leaves campus without parent permission, they will be marked as “unexcused.” At UCHS, we encourage our students to engage in student-led civic engagement on campus, which may include such activities as:
- A writing activity that allows students to express their concerns.
- A student-developed and led workshop for students that occur in the place of classes for a period of the day.
- A peaceful march or demonstration around the school track or school that may include student speeches and/or performances by clubs/teams.
- A demonstrations of support for the Florida 17 or 13 in Columbine students and staff who lost their lives. This demonstration could include passing out stickers with the numbers 17 or 13.
- A student discussion panel centered on topics of interest.
As shared, students at UCHS have the right to free speech. However, students do not have the right to be a behavior problem on campus. Schools rules for appropriate behaviors and dress code will be in full effect. Students will be ineligible to compete in an athletic contest the day of an unexcused absence.
Shifting gears, as shared in my prior call out, students in grades 9 and 11 will complete the California Healthy Kids Survey. Student participation is voluntary and anonymous. Likewise, parents have an opportunity to take the California School Parent Survey identifying areas of strengths and areas for improvement for the school. The link to the survey can be found on the front page of our school website in School News. The directions will provide you with a web address to cut and paste to your browser. Thank you for taking the time to provide us feedback.
Finally, please start tracking Boys’ Tennis. I don’t want to jinx them, but they are on course to set a school record.
Have a great week. -Mr. O.