Milford School District Superintendent: HS to designate indoor safe zone during national student walkout

Dear Milford School District Families,

Following last month’s tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Women’s March Youth EMPOWER group called for a National School Walkout. Since then, students across the nation have planned a national walkout for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14th for 17 minutes to protest acts of gun violence in schools and neighborhoods, plea for gun reform legislation and honor the 17 Stoneman Douglas victims.

The safety and security of our students, as well as maintaining safe schools for our entire district-community, is always a top priority for us. While we support the student voice and freedom of expression, Milford School District does not endorse participation in protest or walkout events nor do we sponsor them. Milford School District classes will operate as normal on March 14th with regular instructional activities occurring throughout the day in all of our schools.

There will be additional security presence throughout the district and measures are in place at all of our schools to ensure that all students will be safe:

  • Milford Central Academy and Milford School District elementary students will not be permitted to walk out without a parent, or legal guardian, physically signing the student out from school for an early dismissal. At the conclusion of the walkout, the parent or guardian will be responsible for signing the student back into school. The Student Code of Conduct will be in effect during the school day.
  • Milford High School will have an inside safe zone designated for students who choose to walk out for the 17 minutes. Please know that if a student elects to walk out, the student will be marked unexcused for the time out of class, responsible for making up classwork missed and expected to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. The safe zone will have administrators and a School Resource Officer present to ensure the safety and well-being of students. Milford High School administration will further communicate with students and families as appropriate.

Please take time to discuss this matter with your student if you or your student feels this is of importance. If you have any questions, please contact the district office at (302) 422-1600 or your student’s principal.

Best regards,

Kevin Dickerson

Superintendent

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