Announcements for Staff
Dr. Carol Hansen sent an important email message to all OVSD employees today regarding the March 14 national school walkout. Below is the text of the Superintendent's email.
March 7, 2018
Dear Ocean View School District Employees,
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has had a profound impact on communities and people across the nation. It has created an important dialog about school safety. I hope you received our February eNewsletter, Making Waves, and had a chance to read my Superintendent’s Message about the many ways we address student safety in the Ocean View School District (available on our website and app).
As part of that dialog, I want to reach out to you, our employees, about our actions related to the widely publicized, nationwide school walkout for 17 minutes (in honor of the 17 victims who lost their lives) at 10 a.m. on March 14.
In OVSD, we respect our employees’ and students’ First Amendment rights, under federal and state law, to freedom of speech in the school environment. We are encouraging families to speak directly with their school Principals if they have questions regarding students assembling on their campus. Any March 14 events held off campus are entirely student-driven and voluntary; they are not sponsored by OVSD, or our schools.
In accordance with state law, we will not discipline students who choose to assemble on campus, provided they adhere to District and school guidelines:
All activities must be peaceful and respectful.
At no time may students leave our campuses.
Students must stay in the pre-designated areas on campus, so as not to disrupt a safe and orderly educational environment for all students and school staff.
Students may not exceed identified break periods and must return to class when instructed by school staff.
We expect that all OVSD employees keep our schools running efficiently and effectively during school hours, and not abandon duties during work time. This applies to classified and certificated employees.
To further support a safe environment, outside groups, parents/guardians, and other individuals who do not have official school business will not be allowed on campus to participate in a walkout. Volunteers and anyone visiting our campuses for school-related matters must check in at the front office, as is the usual practice.
We wish to continue to communicate transparently and proactively with our employees and families. We rely on our partnerships to support all students. Together, we will navigate these important, and sometimes difficult, issues in a respectful and constructive manner. We are encouraging our Principals and school staff to maintain open lines of communication with families. Through these kinds of experiences, we hope that our students learn the skills they need to form, support and express their own positions on important topics.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Carol Hansen, Ed.D.
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