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Student Walkout Demonstration

STUDENT WALKOUT DEMONSTRATIONS: Eugene has a rich history of politically active and civically engaged youth. As a district, we respect students’ voices and encourage them to be informed and engaged members of our community. Thanks to this history, our district has an established and consistent nonpunitive response to student walkout demonstrations, regardless of the purpose or the viewpoints being expressed:

4J schools do not organize or endorse walkouts or other demonstrations that disrupt the learning environment. However, students are not prevented from leaving their high school or middle school. (Elementary students must always be signed out by their parent to leave school.) Students’ attendance is recorded accurately with an unexcused absence, as it would be if they chose to be absent for other reasons. Although in rare cases some students have engaged in misbehavior that warranted discipline, there are no school-based disciplinary consequences for simply participating in a peaceful walkout protest.

This is 4J’s practice for all student walkouts and skip days, regardless of the topic or viewpoint. We are proud of the responsible and respectful conduct shown by most students participating in demonstrations in the past, and we expect such conduct to continue in future events such as the Global Climate Strike some students may participate in on Friday.

Friday: May 24, 2019

Dear Madison families,

Last night several alert parents notified us of a nonspecific but potentially threatening post regarding “MMS” spreading on social media. We take all potential safety concerns very seriously, and immediately alerted police.

Overnight, Eugene Police investigated, identified and located the student who posted the concerning message and cited them for disorderly conduct.

Our Eugene Police School Resource Officers will have an increased presence at school today to provide reassurance of safety for families. We appreciate their partnership and support.

School safety is of the utmost importance to us. Making any threat to the safety of our students and staff is no joke—it is a serious matter that is against the law as well as school rules.

Please continue to talk with your students about school safety and how essential it is for them to come forward immediately if they ever have information about any threat or possible threat of violence, even if they are not sure it is credible. Such information should be reported to school staff or to police right away. You can contact the school administration, call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111, or report a tip anonymously at safeoregon.com or 1-844-4SAFE-OR.

Many thanks for your support and the work the work of the Eugene PD.

Peter Barsotti

Nonspecific but Potentially Threatening Post on Social Media

Police are investigating a nonspecific but potentially threatening post spreading on social media tonight regarding “MMS,” possibly related to Madison. We take all potential threats to safety very seriously, and immediately alerted Eugene Police when this post was brought to our attention tonight.

Anyone with knowledge about the source of this post or other additional information is asked to call the Eugene Police non-emergency line at 541-682-5111.

We appreciate anyone who reports any issue of concern, even if you’re not sure it is a legitimate threat, so it can be investigated and precautions can be taken for our students’ safety.

We will update this post when there is further information.

Phones at Madison

Hello Madison Families,
Middle school students are a social bunch! Please partner with us to reduce temptations and distractions of texts, calls and social media! This year we are asking students to leave phones and personal devices off and in their lockers during the school day (8:55 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Every classroom has a phone, and we will get emergency messages to your child at the Madison number: 541-790-4300. Additionally, there is a phone in the office designated as a “student-use” phone. Students may ask to use the phone before, during passing time, at lunch, or after school (or with a pass from their teacher, if there’s an urgent need).
As always, if your student feels sick, has appointments, or must leave school, we ask that they call from the office and follow the check-out procedures. This helps us to keep track of who is in the building, and to ensure safety.
We appreciate all of our Madison families, and the support it takes for a successful middle school experience!