Climate Change and SD38

Many of you will be aware that youth activists around the globe have been taking part in a movement to address the global climate crisis. Inspired by a 16-year old activist from Sweden named Greta Thunberg, rallies referred to as a Global Climate Strikes have been planned around the world to coincided with the United Nations Climate Action Summit this week in New York City. Advocates around the planet are asking for people to participate in rallies on Friday, September 27th, and many students have indicated that they would like to attend the rally in Vancouver, which will occur during the school day.

Please note, Friday September 27th will be a regular school day in all Richmond schools.

There have been some questions about whether or not students will be 'allowed' by the District to attend the rally on September 27th. Ultimately, this decision rests with each individual parent and not the school or the District. If you wish to excuse your child from school to attend the rally, we ask that you contact McMath in advance to provide your permission (Early Warning 604-718-4004 for via email mcmath@sd38.bc.ca). Students who choose to attend the rally with their parents' permission will be marked 'absent-excused' and will be considered under the supervision of their parent.

Please read the attached letter from Scott Robinson, Richmond Superintendent of Schools clarifying these expectations. The letter is available in English and Chinese.