At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, students at Cooperstown Jr./Sr. School observed a 17-minute period of remembrance for the lives lost last month in the Stoneman Douglas tragedy in Parkland, Fla.
The event was timed to coincide with other such events that occurred in the region, the state and the country.
The safety of students, staff and visitors is a primary concern at Cooperstown Central School.
Over the last few weeks, administrators met with staff and students in order to ensure any activities that might be pursued on March 14 would be conducted in accordance with respects to student right and responsibility of voice, District Attendance Policy, and overall school safety.
The role of our administration and staff was not to facilitate the event, but to ensure security, supervision and right to education for all students, including those who chose not to participate.
Law enforcement officials were on hand as an added security precaution, and the circle in front of the Jr./Sr. High School building where the event occurred was closed to vehicular traffic.
We encourage our students to be actively engaged citizens who are knowledgeable about multiple and diverse viewpoints surrounding current events. We teach them how to participate in our democracy, presenting ways and options to exercise their voice. These might include addressing lawmakers through letters or producing creative works that allow expression around any number of issues. A dynamic staff strives to present ways that our students can learn skills they need to form, support and express their own personal positions on issues.
We acknowledge the rights and views of all students, whether they chose to participate or not. Student behavior during the event and throughout the day was respectful and allowed for minimal disruption to the learning environment.
We would like to thank all students of CCS for their thoughtful and intelligent contributions to this day, including a mindfulness for the importance of safety and access to education for all of their peers. We would also like to thank our staff and the state police for their commitment to the security of our campus.
The district continually improves its safety protocols, and in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas tragedy, that work has taken on an even greater urgency. We have increased our efforts in this area to ensure confidence that CCS is a safe learning environment. We understand the critical importance of complete health and wellness, character, kindness and a strong sense of belonging for all students.
Please contact CCS Building Principals or the Superintendent should you have questions or concerns related to the safety, security and wellness of our students.