March 8, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
In the wake of the tragic events in Florida, there is an unprecedented amount of attention on school safety. Our students, faculty, families, and administration have been continually engaged in conversations regarding our individual thoughts and feelings, our current and potential procedures, and what has become a national outcry for legislative change. These conversations will surely continue.
The National School Walkout on March 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., has received paramount attention on both national and local news as well as on social media. This situation presents school leaders and parents with a complex scenario. Initially, we look at the intentions of our students. Those who wish to participate are genuine in their belief that this might lead to substantive change.
However, it is our duty and responsibility to keep our youngsters safe. We struggle with the thought of them leaving their buildings on a well-advertised day and time and may be inadvertently placing themselves in danger should they elect to participate. We are compelled by law to monitor attendance and we do not permit students to leave school without parental excuse for their safety. Additionally, the unpredictability of a large group of students leaving the building and the potential for this to result in what would be deemed a “material and substantial disruption” to the school day. A disruption is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in disciplinary actions for students who participate.
So how do we encourage our students to have a deserved voice locally, at the state level, and at the national level while protecting their safety to the best of our ability and upholding the laws of our state and our nation? Sadly, the answer is far from being simple or clear which is why you have likely seen grave disparity in the response of local school districts.
We pride ourselves in Canfield in doing what is best for our students. With that basic core value as our guiding principle, we humbly recommend and ask for your support to encourage our students to remain in their buildings on March 14th.
Alex G. Geordan, Superintendent
Michael Moldovan, CHS Principal
Dave Mullane, CHS Asst. Principal
Judd Rubin, CVMS Principal
Michael Flood, CVMS Asst. Principal
Travis Lavery, C.H.Campbell Principal
Joe Maroni, Hilltop Principal