On February 14, 17 people lost their lives. They were students and staff members from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Schools across the country have responded to the tragedy in different ways.

In the wake of this most recent school shooting, several days of action have been declared, including this coming Wednesday, March 14. Toledo Public Schools has taken a proactive approach to this national ‘call for action’ by providing schools with options that teachers can incorporate into their classroom activities and discussions.

Age–appropriate activities have been distributed to teachers across the district. Elementary students will engage in activities that focus on inclusion and kindness. High school students will have group discussions about current topics and share their suggestions for how students can come together to make positive change in our community.

Some national groups have called for students to walk out of school to protest gun violence. TPS students who choose that option will be directed to a designated area outside of their school where an administrator will be stationed. Following the suggested 17 minutes of peaceful protest, students will be directed to return to their classrooms. Students who do not comply with the directions of their administrators or do not return to school after the protest could face disciplinary action and be marked with an unexcused absence.

If parents have questions or concerns about these plans, they are asked to contact their student’s principal directly. This is the only day of action TPS will take part in as a school district. In closing, we continue to keep the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in our thoughts and prayers.