SLHS: Student Walkout


Dear Seahawk Families,

You may have seen the communication from FCPS Superintendent Dr. Brabrand yesterday about students potentially “walking out” at various FCPS schools. Empower, a youth group connected to the Women’s March, has called for students to walk out of school at 10:00am local time. National media are predicting that students will leave class and walk outside for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 students and staff members killed in Parkland, Florida, as well as to protest gun violence.


The national movement for a student walkout on March 14th happens during our 3rd period class. Like any other school day, our teachers will prepare various learning activities to engage students and we expect our students to participate in their learning process. Should students leave class, teachers will continue with their instruction to all students who remain in the classroom. The decision of some students to participate in the walkout should not hinder the teaching and learning happening in classrooms throughout our building. Students do have the right to participate in walkouts; however, if students leave in the middle of class, they will be marked as cutting class (CUT).  


South Lakes is committed to providing all students a safe and positive environment for all of our students to learn and grow. Should students choose to leave their classrooms and assemble outside the building, school staff (administration, security and teachers without students in class) will supervise them as long as they stay on campus. There has been some question from parents about whether they may check their student out to participate in the walkout so it is excused.  When a student is checked out of school it is to leave school grounds for an approved reason. The checkout process is not intended to have students be excused from portions of the school day and remain on school grounds.


Our school is committed to providing an environment where everyone is treated with respect and encouraged to help others.  Our teachers, administrators and staff continue to reinforce a sense of positive school community and we ask for your partnership in working with your child to discuss meaningful actions that they can take to engage in their community.




Kim Retzer