WCCUSD superintendent asks students to stay on campus during national walkout

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WCCUSD superintendent Matt Duffy (left) shakes hands with Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond at a press conference in fall at WCCUSD to announce a $1.7 million school district grant to combat chronic absenteeism. (Photo credit: WCCUSD)

West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Matt Duffy is encouraging students to stay on campus on Wednesday during the planned national walkout to commemorate and protest the Parkland, Fla. school shooting that killed 17 people one month ago.

“We will encourage our students to stay on campus and use their voice in spaces, events, and actions at school,” Duffy announced Tuesday. “Principals, teachers, and school staff are working to provide safe spaces for our students to observe the 17 minutes of action at 10 a.m. to honor of the 17 Parkland victims.”

Duffy said the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland “rallied our young people to express themselves.”

“As a District, our responsibility is to ensure that our students have a safe environment and feel safe exercising their right to be civically engaged citizens,” the superintendent said. “We believe that the best place for our students to do that is within our schools.”

Duffy added, “I encourage you to talk with your principals, teacher, and school staff about the events being planned for Wednesday. Our school sites will also have extra support from the central office on Wednesday to help ensure our students are safe. Safety is the of the most utmost importance to us as District, and I encourage you to read our March message that is focused on safety.”