Rose, said she and several students felt it was important to be part of the national effort, which encourages students to walk out of school for 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 students killed recently in a Florida high school. The principal at the school, Matthew Dick, sent a letter to parents that outlines safety plans for the walkout created to protest violence and honor the victims in Parkland.
And while schools can not suspend students for participating in an unapproved walkout, those with unexcused absences are not permitted to participate in extracurricular activities on the day of the absence, the district advised principals.
Students who participate "peacefully and orderly, and comply with directions from school staff to return to the building in a timely manner" will not be disciplined, the letter says.
At least two dozen schools in Wake, Durham, Cumberland, Orange, Chatham and Lee counties have said they are participating in the 17-minute walkout to honor the 17 victims of the Florida shooting.
Like last month when students walked out of class, school districts are seeking a middle ground that acknowledges and supports students engaged in protests while ensuring rules are followed and students remain safe.
"We don't take a position, we don't take an advocacy role, but we do want to take steps to be sure it's safe and as intended", Liebow said.
"What makes this issue unique is that it affects us directly", said Matt Post, 18, a senior at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County and the student member of the school board. But, he noted, he hasn't heard many students expressing interest in the walkout.
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Elsewhere across the nation, school districts have taken a different approach.
Richard Pohlman, executive director of Thurgood Marshall Academy in Anacostia, said teachers are working with students to coordinate a program on gun violence and grief during the walkout. Students are undecided if they will take part in the national walkout.
"It's going to be structured", Beaudoin said, "but we're really trying to put the onus on students who are rising up to be leaders in coordinating an event like this".
As of Friday, D.C. Public Schools did not have a policy or guidance available on how it will handle the walkouts. Some students, Garcia said, don't feel the walkout is the best way to honor students.
"In terms of the (Safier) letter", she said, "it's a good attempt to help students reflect on this whole situation".
"Every message counts", said Hardin.
Teixeira, who also sits on the Essex Tech School Committee, met with Enos and other students outside the school administration building last week. "This is a chance for them to tell us and tell everyone what they think, and we all need to listen to them when they express their views".