November 17, 2016

Good morning.

In regard to recent events and concerns within our district, we as a team have taken some proactive steps to 1) ensure our students’ safety and 2) provide students the opportunity to voice concerns and express their rights to Freedom of Speech.  We believe in providing our students not only with academic opportunities, but also with opportunities to learn and grow in a safe and inclusive environment. We know that LMS and the other schools in the district have work to do, but we are committed to providing a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students.
We have provided students who would like to share thoughts and ideas about the recent events two opportunities to do so today:  1) in our office conference room, with a counselor and/or administrator; and/or 2) in designated safe spaces during lunch periods.  This sharing will be done according to the LMS Honor Code, meaning that all voices will be heard in a respectful manner.  We are a community devoted to celebrating diversity and being inclusive to people of all races, religions, and cultures.

We also anticipate the possibility of another protest today.  If a protest occurs at/near the district’s Administration Center, I have instructed our faculty to: 1) not verbally dissuade students who wish to participate and 2) not physically prohibit students from participating.  Students making this choice will be supervised by building administrators, counselors and other unassigned staff.  Students choosing not to participate will remain with their scheduled classroom teachers.

Greg

Gregory Baber  B.S.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Principal, Ladue Middle School


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