(KUTV) - Students of all ages are planning to walk out of class Wednesday as part of a nationwide effort to honor the victims and protest gun violence.
Two Utah schools announced they're using the opportunity to spread kindness, rather than protest.
Students at several other Utah schools will walkout at 10:00 a.m. MST and stay outside for 17 minutes, one minute for each victim killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.
Here's a list of planned walkouts known to KUTV (email: email@example.com to make a walkout announcement):
Salt Lake City School District
- Dilworth Elementary School - Walkout starts at 10 a.m. and will be walking around the block. Teachers will be discussing what kindness looks like at the school.
- Bryant Middle School - While students are on the field, they will have an orange ribbon that can be tied to the fence closest to the school in honor of the Parkland victims. We will also have a lunchtime activity on Wednesday. During this lunchtime, activity students will write on an orange slip of paper, something they can do to promote peace and love in school.
- Northwest Middle School - Students are creating wishes for peace on large slips of paper and adjoining a chain with their class. We will all observe a moment of silence for those who were affected in Florida, and the school will walk out together and form a Peace Chain around our school with our class peace chains.
- East High School- Students will walk out at approximately 10:00 am, and returning to class at approximately 10:20 am.
- Highland High School - Students plan to walk out on to the football field for 17 minutes as a tribute to the 17 students who died in the school shooting in Florida. There will be short speeches made by students.
- West High School - Students will quietly enter the football stadium and will say a few words. Then 17 minutes will be dedicated for the lives lost last month.
- Clayton Middle School - Walkout begins at 10:00 a.m. Students will be led to a location on campus, where they will remain until 10:20, at which time they will be brought back to class. Students choosing to remain in class will participate in a "community of caring activity" with their teacher, the school's principal stated in an email to parents.
- Timpview High School - The high school will reportedly participate in the walkout, although there is no further information at this time.
- Grantsville High School - Walkout is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and will include 17 minutes of silence. Students wishing to attend will meet at the front of the building by the pine trees, to avoid construction. Administrators will be present to supervise students.
- Rockwell Charter High School - Walk out at 10:00 a.m., set to gather outside. "A couple students have prepared some words to say in regards to change they want to happen," according to a news release. The students plan to go to the state capitol afterwards.
- Backman Elementary- Will follow the same plan as the national walk out day. 17 minutes for 17 kids.
- Glendale Middle School- Students will do a 17 min walk out, only certain classes will participate. These teachers have chosen to tie the walkout to their core curriculum by writing arguments and voicing their opinions to sway public opinion.
- Hawthorne Elementary School- Students have two designated places to which they can go for the 17 minutes for the walkout beginning at 10:00. They can go to our faculty room where the principal will host them or outside during the 10:00 AM recess. There will be teachers on duty at this time to listen to them. Teachers will not initiate discussions about the matter with students who remain in class.
- Highland Park Elementary School- Has decided to focus on 17 minutes of making a difference. Students in each class will choose how they want to make a difference. It varies by grade level.
- Hillside Middle School- Has planned a week of kindness activities.
- Innovations High School- Will also be doing a 17 min walk out.
- Mary Jackson Elementary- Assembly and 17 seconds of silence.
- Nibley Park School- Each grade level (K-8) will be doing an Act of Kindness. This includes writing letters/notes and other activities on campus.
- Open Classroom- Some students are planning on going outside the school but staying on school grounds. Others are planning on doing 17 positive actions and talking about school safety
- SLCSE (Salt Lake Center for Science Education)- At 10 am students who wish to walk out can go to the gym or the backfield. There will be tables set up for information on how to get involved and pre-register to vote. Teachers will buddy up so that those who walk out have an escort and those who choose to stay are supervised. There will be two minutes of silence at 10:15 until 10:17 a.m.
- SLSPA (Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts)- School will be conducted as usual, however the school will provide buses for students who would like to participate in the walkout with Highland High School. The buses will provide SPA students a safe passage to Highland at 9:55 am for the 10:00 am event for 17 minutes of school safety protest or observance of silence. At 10:19 the buses will load and return the students safely to SPA classes by 10:25.
- Wasatch Elementary School- Classes are working with their reading buddies or another classroom to create posters that highlight 17 ways to show kindness and help others feel safe at school. These posters will be displayed along the south side of our school.
- Emerson Elementary School- The sixth-grade classes will be taking a moment of silence for 17 minutes at 10:00 a.m. Some students have created some signs.
- Beacon Heights Elementary- Sixth and Fifth will walk out at 9:57 to the front of the school. Any student in any other grade, who wants to participate will arrange with the help their parent and their teacher. Parents were invited.
- Horizonte Instruction and Training Center- Event in honor of Parkland victims
Canyons School District
"If students in Canyons District join their peers across the country in participating in short demonstrations to encourage dialogues about school safety, CSD will be prepared to facilitate secure places for them to do so," the Canyons School District stated in a news release.
"At 10 a.m. at Brighton High, the school will open the football stadium as a gathering place for students. From 10:25 to 10:50 a.m. at Eastmont Middle, students can decide to observe 17 minutes of silence at the flagpole, have a question-and-answer meeting with the School Resource Officer, write notes to the students in Parkland, Fla., or engage in planning to do 17 acts of kindness at the school," the district said.
"While CSD maintains a position of neutrality on this issue, CSD has identified two days when students can engage in during-school demonstrations without repercussion," according to the district. "
"Standard attendance rules for unexcused absences and tardies may apply to students who choose to participate in demonstrations outside of the national demonstrations on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the traumatic incident in Parkland, Fla., and April 20, the 19th anniversary of the school tragedy in Columbine, Colo. Every effort has been made to identify safe spaces for students to express themselves. Local law enforcement agencies have been notified so they can provide security. Parents also are encouraged to discuss this issue with their children and arrive a joint decision about participation. School goes on as normal for those students not participating in the short demonstrations. The events are expected to last less than 45 minutes," the district stated.
Herriman High School students are also planning to walk out.
Other schools and districts have not made formal announcements to media. 2News did obtain a letter sent home to parents at Syracuse Junior High School:
Some schools, like those in Washington County and San Juan County, are on spring break this week.
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Video fo students at Highland walking out: