Facts related to March 1st events at Perry High School

  • UPDATE: Facts related to March 1st events at Perry High School

    Posted by Webmaster on 3/4/2019 2:27:00 PM

    We have had more requests from media than we can address one at a time. So we are sending this updated statement this afternoon with answers to questions we have been receiving from media.

    • Students were not asked to put away Trump gear.  The Administration only asked that the banner be put away when the students engaged in a verbal altercation and the administration was concerned that it would escalate. 
       
    • When the parent at issue arrived at the Perry High School office, she screamed, yelled and used profanity, including the “F” word in the presence of students and staff.  Her conduct did not meet expectations for public conduct on school property, as set forth in Policy KFA, “Public Conduct on School Property” and otherwise.  
       
    • When the parent would not cease her screaming, yelling and cursing, Mr. Serrano asked her to leave. She refused to do so.  At that point, Mr. Serrano told the parent that he was trespassing her, which meant that he was directing her (rather than requesting her) to leave the campus.  He did not tell her that she was trespassing when she arrived at the school.
       
    • Governing Board Policy JICA, “Student Dress” pertains to student dress.  Governing Board Policy JIC, “Student Conduct” addresses student conduct.    Neither Policy directly addresses political attire.   The District adheres to constitutional principles and prevailing case law when addressing student attire.
       
    • Governing Board Policy JICD, “Student Conduct In School (Student Speech)” and related Administrative Regulation JICD-R address student speech in the schools.  While the District does not have a Governing Board Policy or Administrative Regulation that addresses bringing flags or banners to school, it would apply other Policies and Administrative Regulations (such as Policy JICA, JIC, JICD or other Policies such as JICK, Student Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying) or Policy JK, “Student Discipline” to situations that involve students bringing flags or banners to school.
       
    • As has been previously shared, no student has been disciplined for wearing Trump or Trump related clothing or for expressing their political views.  Under federal and state laws, as well as the District’s Governing Board Policies, Administrative Regulations and the rules set forth in the Student Handbook, students may be lawfully expected to:
       
      • Refrain from conduct that causes or is likely to cause a material and substantial disruption or interference with the orderly operation of the school or school activities.

      • Comply with the lawful directions of District officials or any other law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties, and to identify themselves to such officials or officers when lawfully requested to do so.  
         
    • While the District is not able to share more specific information about specific students due to privacy laws that make such disclosure unlawful, it believes that it acted in accordance with applicable laws and its own Policies, Regulations and rules in the handling of this matter.  

    Perry High will be communicating directly with students and their parents on a personal basis as needed to try to address individual family concerns.   

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  • Letter from Principal: Facts related to March 1st events at Perry High School

    Posted by Webmaster on 3/2/2019 1:37:00 PM

    Dear Parents,

    I am writing to clear up misinformation circulating on social media and media, specifically that students have been disciplined for expressing their political viewpoints or wearing political attire. This is false.

    The administration addressed an incident that occurred at lunch this past Friday, when students carrying political signage caused a disruption and created safety concern.  The students were asked to put away the signage and they complied.  However, after school ended for the day, the students unveiled the signage again in a manner that again caused concern for student safety.   When the school’s Resource Officer asked the students to leave campus, they declined.  They also refused to respond to my request to provide their names and school identification when I sought to interview them. The information circulating about student discipline is incorrect, but the District is unable to correct the record due to federal privacy laws relating to disclosure of student information. 

    In summary, our administration has not and will not discipline a student for lawfully exercising their free speech rights.  Students may lawfully be held accountable for complying with the District’s lawful policies, administrative regulations and expectations for student conduct set forth in the Student Handbook.  It is our responsibility to maintain a safe campus and ensure there are no disruptions to the educational environment. Students or visitors  who refuse to comply with administration and law enforcement may be asked to leave the campus when the administration deems it in the best interest of safety, security and effective school operations.   

    We are proud of our environment at Perry, where diverse opinions are valued.   Thank you for the support you provide to our staff and students throughout the year. 

    Warm regards,
    Dan Serrano
    Principal

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