National School Walkouts: How local schools are responding

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(KWQC) - A national walkout is being planned for Wednesday, March 14th at 10 a.m., a month after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. With the death toll at 17, students plan to walk out for 17 minutes, a minute for each life lost.

TV-6 has reached out to local school districts and here is how they are handling the walkouts for high school students only.

AlWood
Wednesday, March 14 all AlWood Middle/High School students will take part in a ceremony to share concerns about school safety and its impact on students. First, they plan to remember the victims with a moment of silence, followed by the playing of taps.

Davenport:
The district has said as long as the kids are being respectful, they should not face any type of punishment.

Galesburg:
The Superintendent of the school has responded with a statement in part that reads:

"For this particular incident, the disciplinary measures will be as follows: all students who walk out of class will be given an unexcused absence for that period. Any work that the student misses will be up to the student to make up. It is also up to the individual teacher to impose the grading practice ramification that would customarily be given to students who are unexcused from their class. Once the walkout has concluded, the participating students will be led to a congregating area within the high school, where they will remain until the end of the Advocacy Period. During this time, building administrators will address the students who participated in the walkout.

Students will not be allowed back into the building until they can prove that they are an attending GHS student. This means that they should be able to present a valid and current GHS student ID."

Geneseo:
Has posted support for those students wanting to participate in the walkout. They posted in part: "Our focus during these events are for student safety at the foremost; and not what kind of consequences for discipline are being considered. We respect the students’ need to join with others to commemorate the loss of 17 student and 3 staff lives in Florida, and to civilly address their concerns about student safety."

Kewanee
The Superintendent tells us the high school students will be allowed to walk out at 10 a.m., but they will automatically receive two, 15-minute detentions. If they aren't back inside by 10:25 a.m., they could receive additional detention time.

Mercer County:
Mercer County School District Superintendent Scott Petrie tells us they are going to be hosting an assembly instead of a walkout.

"We are hosting an assembly at 10:00am for students to recognize the Parkland victims and explain local efforts to prevent a similar tragedy."

Moline:
They have posted their support for the walkout on their page, posting in part: “Students who adhere to the above timeline and parameters will be granted an in-building absence for their first advocacy demonstration. Any student leaving campus or failing to follow the above timeline may be subject to discipline in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct. "

Muscatine:
We have reached out and have left a voicemail. Once we hear back, we will update their response.

Sterling:
Students will be allowed to participate in the walkout. We're told by the administration they have been having conversations with their students throughout the weeks after the shooting. No student will get in trouble as long as everything stays peaceful.

United Township:
We have reached out and have left a voicemail. Once we hear back, we will update their response.

West Liberty:
We have reached out and have left a voicemail. Once we hear back, we will update their response.

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