Dear RPS Students and Families,
At Richfield Public Schools, we respect students’ First Amendment right to peacefully assemble and will not discipline students for the act of protesting as long as their protest remains peaceful. Our practice is to work directly with our student government and leadership groups if/when they wish to plan any type of protest.
This Monday, April 19, a statewide school walkout is being planned by a group called MN Teen Activists. The stated intent is to “stand in solidarity against racial injustice.” We have recently learned that there are some Richfield students planning to participate in a walkout starting around 1 p.m. with the intent of walking to the Richfield Police Station.
As a District, we prepare for the possibility of student walkouts in a way that supports peaceful assembly, while maintaining a safe learning environment. Our standard walkout protocol regarding students returning to school and afterschool activities continues to apply when students leave their school grounds/campuses.
Classrooms will remain open and education will continue; teachers will continue teaching.
Students leaving school buildings will follow our normal policies regarding student attendance and walkouts.
If a parent or guardian requests permission for the absence in advance, the absence will be excused and the student will be allowed to return to school and/or participate in extracurricular activities that day.
Without parent/guardian permission, students leaving the high school or RCEP buildings will not be allowed to return or participate in extracurricular activities during that same day.
Students leaving an elementary school or the middle school will only be allowed to leave under the supervision of their parent/guardian.
As we stated in our recent open letter to the community, we recognize the significance of current events and support our students, families and staff. Children look to adults for guidance around issues like this. We must continue to lead, guide and parent with conviction, compassion and love.
Superintendent Steven Unowsky