Student Freedom of Expression and Assembly

Student Freedom of Expression and Assembly
Posted on 03/09/2018
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The Rochester School District proudly supports the free expression of student opinion and has developed guidelines assuring that students are able to express their opinions safely without disruption to the learning environment.

Students are encouraged at all times to exercise good judgement when expressing their opinions and to be respectful of those whose opinions may differ from their own.

Safety is a priority. Student-led expression – whether by publication, speech or action – may not interfere with the normal, safe and orderly operation of the school.

Students wishing to publicize their opinion or organize an assembly should consult with the principal for guidance on a designated time and place that does not disrupt classes or other school activities.

The District recognizes that students are encouraged at times to take part in demonstrations on issues of local, state and national significance in ways that may violate school rules, such as unauthorized assembly or “walkout.”

School officials will do what they can to keep students safe during an unauthorized assembly, protest or walkout. It’s important to note that illegal activity requires the involvement of law enforcement. School officials must follow School Board policy, the Student Handbook and the Code of Conduct for extra-curricular activities.

Attendance is taken every day in each class. Students who leave without permission will be marked “unexcused.”

Normal disciplinary consequences will be in effect.

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