March 13, 2018
Honoring our students' voices
students in the City School District of Albany are amazing.
This is no secret, of course.
However, it has been reinforced throughout these past two weeks
as student leaders have come forward to tell us they and their peers
want their voices to be heard regarding school safety in the wake of
last month’s tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla.
Students at Albany High School and all three of our
middle schools will join students across the nation March 14 to advocate
for safer learning environments and honor the 17 lives that were lost in
Parkland one month ago. At each of
our secondary schools, our students have planned, with the support of
our administrators, teachers and staff, observances that express their
own unique perspectives and personalities.
Albany High Senior Class President Shafiyq Grady has
been at the forefront of his school’s preparations.
“There is only so much the adults can do,” he said. “There
is only so much administrators can do. The
students – our voices – need to be heard, because we are the next
generation, and what we do and say now is what’s going to matter years
Click here to hear more from Shafiyq
and his peers at Albany High about their intent in planning their
activities for March 14.
It is our responsibility to assist our students in
making these plans and expressing their voice in ways that will ensure
their safety and the security of our learning environments, a primary
responsibility for us each and every day. Our staff have done so with
great care and diligence in assisting the students in their planning.
All of our student observances will be voluntary.
Students who do not want to participate in some or all of the
activities will have opportunities to make that choice.
If you do not want your student to participate, please contact
your school principal to make them aware of your wishes.
We will make sure that each of these students also is supported
in a safe and respectful manner.
It will take each of us working together for all of us
to ensure that our students’ voices are heard, and that their voices are
taken seriously. We are looking
forward to supporting our students in this vital way March 14.
also can click here
to download this letter in .pdf format.
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams
Superintendent of Schools