On the eve of the student walkout planned for Wednesday, parents from the Saugus Union School District were recently informed of the district’s plans regarding the scheduled event. Superintendent Joan Lucid released the following statement on Monday to SUSD parents:
March 12, 2018
As educators, we have the sacred responsibility to not only teach students, but to help them grow and thrive. We take this responsibility with the utmost seriousness, yet sometimes traumatic events cast it in a new light. Safety is always priority one and the horrific events of the past two months have created a greater need for diligence and vigilance regarding safety on our campuses. We continue to review and update our safety processes and procedures as well as encourage everyone to assist with “if you see something, say something”.
I want to let you know that we are aware of the media coverage of scheduled student walkout dates on March 14, March 24 and April 20. As an elementary district we are not participating in these events and I encourage you to talk with your children about recent events as you see appropriate. We respect and support students’ voices and would ask that if individual children need support or an opportunity to discuss their feelings, that you speak with their teachers and/or let your site administrator know so there is support for your child.
In light of media coverage of scheduled student walkout dates, I have received communications from various sources and want to share with you what we are doing. Although we don’t anticipate any student action, we want to assure you that we will encourage students to stay on the campus. If there should be a walkout, you should be aware that our site administrators will contact law enforcement, notify parents of any disruption, take appropriate actions to address student safety and assist in bringing students back on campus.
Nothing is more important than ensuring our schools are as safe as possible. Please feel free to contact your school administrator with questions or concerns related to the walkouts or broader issues related to school climate and security. In the meantime, please know that the Saugus Union School District is committed to fostering academic and personal success for every child and that ensuring the safety of our students is our highest priority. As always, we appreciate your support.
Joan M. Lucid, Ed.D.