Messages from Superintendent Hess

March 12, 2018

Across the country, from elementary schools to colleges, students plan to mark the one-month anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school tragedy with the “Enough: National School Walkout.”  Participating students will leave their classrooms at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 14, for 17 minutes – one minute for each victim.

I have been communicating with the principals within the Lebanon Community School District (LCSD), and there are indications some of our high school students plan to participate in this walkout.  Walkouts may also occur at other district schools.

Please know that student safety is paramount. We are proud of our students for driving this conversation, as communication is the key to keeping our schools safe. We look forward to collaborating with our students, families, school board, staff, and law enforcement to ensure LCSD remains a safe and welcoming district for all.

For schools where students choose to participate in the March 14 walkout, we have established the following procedures and guidelines for them to do so in a safe and respectful way:

  • Students may participate if they choose to do so.
  • Students should be peaceful and respectful if they participate.
  • Students will not be disciplined for participating or expressing their beliefs.
  • If students leave campus, they will be disciplined.
  • Students choosing to participate in the walkout will be directed to a safe place to assemble. Principals will designate this safe place and ensure it is appropriately supervised by administrators and designated staff.
  • Each building principal will have a school plan for the day that is shared with all building staff.
  • Teachers will not participate in the walkout; teachers will continue to teach. District employees will continue to do their jobs. Classified and Administrative staff will supervise any students participating in the walkout.
  • LCSD’s School Resource Officer will coordinate with, and be a resource for, school administrators as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the March 14 walkout and the information provided above, please feel free to contact your school’s principal or my office at 541.451.8458.