Statement About Recent Student Walkouts

By Dr. Michelle Reid
Superintendent's Messages
November 01, 2023

Dear FCPS Community,

This continues to be an emotionally challenging time for our FCPS community. I have heard from many students, parents, staff, and community members, who have a wide variety of perspectives on the student walkouts that have recently taken place across our high schools. 

I want to reiterate that we are resolute in our work to provide a learning environment where every student and staff member feels safe, valued, and respected. I acknowledge and understand the significance of addressing events that impact our global community, especially when they have such a differing, but direct effect on each person in our FCPS community.

FCPS will continue to support our students’ right to free speech. At the same time, we will not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia, or racism, as we continue to condemn hate and violence in any form. Our schools must be safe and welcoming spaces to learn for every student in our diverse and global community.

I have also met in person or spoken with many students, staff, and families. Please know I have valued each of these conversations. I hope that we will support only words and actions that bring us together, instead of those that pull us apart. 

Warmest regards,

Dr. Michelle Reid