SFASD Messages

Please click here to read a Message Regarding National Student Walkouts

Good morning,

It has been nearly a month since the tragedy that took place in Parkland, FL and we know it has weighed heavy on the hearts of parents, students, teachers and administrators across the country. Since that event took place, Spring-Ford administration has reviewed our safety plans internally, and communicated a review of our safety efforts with the Spring-Ford community. Please click here to view the message sent by on February 25, 2018 addressing safety issues.

Recently, we have received many questions and inquiries regarding the National School Walkout on March 14, and how the Spring-Ford Area School District will address the issue. At this time, our High School Administration (Grades 9-12), have been working with a group of student leaders who wish to organize an opportunity to honor the 17 lives lost on February 14th with a quiet 17-minute remembrance. We appreciate the fact that these students are working with the administration so that they may conduct this event inside the building in a safe and orderly manner and we respect their request to peacefully assemble.  Students interested in participating will be permitted to leave their classroom at 10:00am and meet in their respective auditorium to participate in the student-led remembrance.  Students will not be disciplined for honoring the young lives lost, as long as students remain peaceful, respectful and remain in the building. The best way for us to ensure student safety is to know where our students are during the school day. In addition, the student leaders of this event are planning to hold an open forum after school in the auditorium for any students interesting in continuing the conversation.   

We also understand that not all students are interested in participating nor will want to leave their classes.  Students who do not wish to participate will stay in class with their teachers until the end of the period.  Please know that staff will not leave anyone alone in classrooms, hallways and common areas and instruction will continue when possible. Specific staff members will be assigned to supervise those students who choose to leave class. Because student and staff safety is our number one priority, it is important to know that we will not permit anyone other than students and high school staff to participate in the morning or the after-school gathering.

At this time, there are no additional student groups in our K-8 buildings who have shared a desire to gather. As they are every day, our school counselors will be available in all buildings to meet with students who may need to share their feelings with an adult.  

I will meet with our High School Administration early next week to discuss further considerations for national walkout events planned in March and April. If necessary, we will share more information as these conversations continue.

Thank you,
Dr. David Goodin, Superintendent

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