Dear ARHS Parents and Guardians,
The purpose of this letter is to explain to the ARHS community how we will approach the Youth Climate Strike https://www.youthclimatestrikeus.org/ The administrative team recently met with ARHS students who are participating in this strike to learn more about their plans and to proactively arrange for student safety as they organize a march to the Town Common at 12:30pm on Friday, March 15.
Consistent with past practice, please note that if your child is interested in participating in this march, and you support them doing so, they are required to bring a note to the main office that you have signed, giving them permission for them to leave campus. Without a note, students will be marked as ‘absent/unexcused’.
We have already consulted with the Amherst Police Department [APD] about how to ensure that, while walking to the Commons, students are safe. The APD will have an officer assigned to walk with the students through town to the Commons, solely to ensure their safety and security.
At the same time, since this is not a school-sponsored event and takes place off campus, the school and district are not responsible for student safety once they leave school grounds.
Lastly, the students leading this march have made green ribbons and have been giving them out during lunch periods so that staff and students who are committed to this cause but choose not to participate in the School Strike can demonstrate their support by wearing the ribbon on March 15. We appreciate their interest in providing their peers multiple ways to show support for their cause.