Day of Silence

Day of Silence
Posted on 04/21/2017
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Some parents have asked about the Day of Silence which is a student-led event being held in thousands of schools around the nation (website here: https://www.glsen.org/day-of-silence), including our own district with an organized effort at the high school. The high school GSA is having sign-ups before school and during lunches today for students to take the pledge of silence or just show their support for the LGBT+ community with a black or red ribbon. And this has certainly led to many middle schools around the nation following suit as Savanna's Student Council and GSA group students asked if they could recognize the "day of silence". They prepared a short presentation to our staff explaining what that day means.   

The point of this day is to bring attention to the harmful effects of bullying and derogatory language in our school and community. The day's goal is to also help students and staff better understand gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation while fostering respect for the LGBT community at our school. 

Savanna had a community circle activity in Advisory (homeroom) focusing on groups of people who at times feels invisible, not feeling as though they have a voice and feeling isolated for a variety of reasons.  We are encouraging consideration of differences and common humanity to continue to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for every child. 

The school day proceeds as usual and if students choose to take a sticker recognizing the significance of the day, they are welcome to.  If students choose to be silent, they will use other ways to remain engaged in the learning of the day.

We appreciate parents reaching out as we all strive to expand the scope of understanding on topics such as this that affect students right here in our own district and around the nation. 
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