Moravia schools to observe moment of silence March 14
March 8, 2018 -- In recent days, Moravia Central School District administrators have been communicating with students and staff about how best to support students’ constitutional right to express themselves on issues brought to the fore by the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last month. Although we recognize the strong feelings on all sides of this matter, the school district cannot and will not take a political stance or promote a student walkout of any kind. Our priority is to support our students and provide a safe environment for them to exercise their rights in a constructive voice. With that in mind, the district has drafted the following plan for March 14, the one-month anniversary of the tragedy:
We will observe a moment of silence in all schools at 10 a.m. March 14, both to honor the memory of those who perished at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, and to continue the conversation about improving school safety.
With the 6 or 7 minutes remaining in third period, teachers will invite students in grades 6-12 to jot down their ideas for ways to improve safety in our buildings or any concerns they might have. Their responses will then be shared with the relevant district committees (i.e., strategic planning, safety, etc.).
Normal operations will resume at the bell ending third period (and at whatever time is appropriate at the elementary level).
We are hopeful this strategy balances the district’s dual responsibilities of ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment while also respecting and safeguarding the freedoms enshrined for our students in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.