Bethel School District Eugene OR

Important Information for Prairie Mountain Families


Dear Prairie Mountain Families,

Please talk to your child about the following information. Student involvement is likely to be higher at high school, but there may be some students at the middle and elementary levels who also plan to participate in or recognize this event. 

A much-publicized na­tionwide effort to raise awareness about school safety has called for a student walkout of schools across the country next Wednesday, March 14th, at 10:00 a.m. (Click here for information).  The proposed walkout is intended to last for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 victims of the Florida school shooting last month. We want to encourage Prairie Mountain parents and guardians to talk to your children about this day and whether they have been asked by other students to consider leaving school, particularly at the upper grades. We also understand that some parents may be taking their children out of school to participate.

The walkout is a student-led effort and, as with other events of this nature, is not organized, supported, or encouraged by the school.  If it takes place, we want to ensure it is conducted in a peaceful, respectful, and safe manner.

The issue of school safety is one with which we are all concerned. We respect our students’ right to express their personal views and their interest in being informed and engaged community members. However, our school and district cannot encourage walkouts or other demonstrations that affect the learning environment. During school hours, students should be in school—safe, supervised, and learning.

Your child’s safety and education are our primary focus. The safest place for students during school hours is in the school building. Should a walkout occur, we will have staff on hand to keep an eye on safety, but staff cannot join the demonstration as participants.

Students’ absence from class for the walkout will be considered unexcused or students may be marked tardy for class time they miss.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Carey Killen

Prairie Mountain Principal


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