• Statement: PGCPS Statement on School Walkouts

    November 18, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    Hundreds of Prince George’s County Public Schools students exercised their right to free speech and assembly by walking out of school today.

    While we respect our students’ rights, our concern has always been for student safety and the potential risks involved in leaving school grounds unaccompanied. There were a few isolated incidents of student behavior that violated our code of student conduct. However, the vast majority of our students took part in exercising their rights in a peaceful and respectful manner. Many students were escorted by our law enforcement partners who made sure they were able to move safely off-campus.

    PGCPS administration takes no position on the spirit or intent of the walkout. We appreciate parents, faculty and staff members for continuing to guide students towards safe outlets of expression. To this end, we will be partnering with several local organizations to facilitate a youth-led conversation in the coming weeks for the broader community.

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.