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Sand Springs students plan walkout Thursday

Posted: 1:37 PM, Feb 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-01 10:00:16Z

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. -- Students at Central 9th Grade Center in Sand Springs are planning to stage a walkout Thursday.

Administrators said the students plan to leave class at 9 a.m. and return after 22 minutes, in connection with the newest funding cuts for the Oklahoma Department of Education. 

School officials said they appreciate students' wishes to express concern, but they do not sanction the walkout.

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Officials released the following statement;

In the event of a student walkout, district administration will work to minimize disruption to the academic day and student learning. Upon prior notice of students’ intention to demonstrate with a walkout, district and site administration will create a safe and secure environment for students who wish to protest. Although all teachers will continue their classes and instruction, administrators and support staff will supervise students during this time. Students who walk out will be counted absent from any class or classes they miss. This absence will be unexcused and standard consequences will apply. The administration of Sand Springs Public Schools encourages parents to talk to their children to find ways to productively demonstrate their thoughts on important issues.

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