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RPS releases statement regarding reported youth climate strike Friday

RPS releases statement regarding reported youth climate strike Friday

September 19, 2019 04:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) - On Friday students from Rochester, and around the world, who are concerned over climate change are reportedly planning on walking out of school as part of a protest demanding action.

Rochester Public Schools released this statement to ABC 6 News regarding the reported walkout:

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Walkouts are not sponsored, organized, or endorsed by the district or any of its schools. If a student leaves campus, or chooses not to come to school on Friday, it will be counted as an unexcused absence, unless a parent calls the school stating the absence is excused. 
 
We are proud that our students want to exercise their First Amendment rights to express their views. When students advocate for an issue they feel passionate about, it can be a powerful learning experience. The district will not discipline students for participating in an on-campus walkout as long as the activity remains peaceful and brief.

Organizers of the marches and rallies are calling for legislation at local and state levels to reverse the effects of climate change.  

A march is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. at Peace Plaza and end with a rally at City Hall in Rochester; another march and rally is taking place at the state Capitol in St. Paul. 

These are just two of a reported 3,000 rallies planned around the world.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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