Some students around the Fox Cities are expected to join others around the country today for a nationwide walkout over school safety.
Local school districts are preparing, including Appleton and Oshkosh.
Oshkosh Superintendent Stan Mack says they’re leaving it up to parents to call their students in. He says if they have permission, it would be counted as an excused absence, much like a doctor or dentist appointment. Without permission, it would be an unexcused absence.
Mack says if students want to participate, it’s their First Amendment right. He says the schools won’t get involved, as long as the attendance rules are followed.
Appleton schools will also credit students with an excused absence, if they have permission from their parents.
Nationwide, students are expected to walk out at 10 a.m. It’s been one month since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the demonstration is scheduled to last 17 minutes. That’s one minute for every student killed.