Guidelines for student protests

National and local political actions are occurring relating to how best to ensure school safety. Students have in many cases been leaders in these activities. Lakeville Area Public Schools recognizes that our students have certain First Amendment rights. They do not, however, have the right to disrupt the educational process. Therefore, the School District has established the following administrative guidelines to make clear our requirements and expectations concerning student protests:

● The School District does not sponsor or approve political activity on school property.

● Students have First Amendment rights, but they do not have the right to disrupt the educational process for other students.

● Disruptive behavior or other violations of established student conduct policies and requirements will result in disciplinary action.

● Students who leave their building or classroom during the school day without proper authorization from building administration will be considered unexcused.

● Students whose absences are unexcused are not permitted to participate in co-curricular activities on that day.

● Students may sign out in accordance with established building procedures.

● Students who leave their building are required to leave all school property and will not be allowed to re-enter the building for the remainder of the school day.

● Distribution of any non-school sponsored materials such as posters, signs or brochures, is governed by Policy 505 and requires advance approval by the building principal.

We encourage students and their families to have conversations about these important issues. Please also know that Lakeville Area Public Schools will continue to do everything it can to ensure the safety and well-being of your children in our schools.

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