In response to many calls and emails to my office regarding the White House’s planned live speech to our children on Tuesday September 8th, I have been doing some research. (For reference: click here for a news article about this and here for the White House site on this )
What follows is the response from each school system on how they will be handling this. Remember that each school system has had at BEST 48 hours to respond to this, and according to each county’s website, schools in all four counties are closed Friday and Monday for students. This is problematic for both teachers and parents because there is little time for notification or preparation for this “speech”.
Queen Annes: Dr. Williamson was kind enough to call back first and informs me that they will be following their policy on Video Usage in their classrooms. That is, the teachers and administration must preview the speech BEFORE they can make lesson plans and show it to the students. Once they have seen it, then a decision will be made.
Dr. Williamson added that parents will be permitted to opt their children out, IF they decide to show the speech to the students.
Cecil: Their policy towards this is much the same: They will be viewing the speech and then making a decision.
Kent: The board is” encouraging participation” during the live stream of the speech. It is not going to be a mandatory activity. There will be an alternate activity available however, they were not planning to send a note home about this.
To opt out, the parent/guardian needs to send a note to that child’s teacher.
I am waiting to hear from Kent County parents about their feelings on this plan.
Caroline: As of late this afternoon, I have not yet heard what their policy will be. The system does however, have a teacher work day scheduled for Friday, so we may receive an update tomorrow. In that case, I will update you immediately.