Please share your thoughts.
Two policies have been proposed to the board by the Circles Initiative in response to confusion over the procedures used by different schools in deciding whether or not to show President Obama’s recent address to school children. These policies reflect concerns raised by parents involved in the Circles Initiative. The Circles Initiative has the two goals of building relationships across race and class lines and looking at the root causes of poverty in our community. We would like your thoughts, comments, and questions, whether those are about the substance or wording of the policies themselves, the need for a policy generally, or other thoughts you want to share. The two policies are set forth below.
Policy On Future Addresses: As constitutionally elected by the people and procedures of the United States, the President of the United States, when he directs his remarks specifically to the school children of the United States has an important role to play in the education of our children both as students and future citizens.
It is the policy of the Board of Education of the Columbia Public Schools that when the President specifically addresses our school children, that address will be aired in every classroom and auditorium where the children may be gathered during that hour.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed to prevent the parent or legal guardian of each child from notifying the school district and building principal that their child will not participate. In that instance, an alternative activity will be made available for that child.
Policy on Days of Service: The President of the United States has designated two days as days of National Service and or Remembrance, Martin Luther King’s Birthday in January and September 11.
When those days do not fall on a regularly schedule day of classroom instruction, the Board of Education of the Columbia Public Schools has adopted as District policy that those days will be designated as recognized CPS Days of Service. The Board will encourage and invite parents, students, school patrons and community members to join with them in organizing National Service Days with projects that encourage our CPS children to serve with other students, adults, parents, seniors and persons with disabilities for the common good of our community.