Climate Action Event on Friday 15 February 2019

Dear Parent(s) / Carers(s),

You may be aware of recent publicity around the ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ event in Truro planned for Friday 15 February.  Please find below, the school’s position on this matter:

Our first priority as a school is always to ensure the health and safety of our young people during school time.  Other than for medical appointments (etc) schools should only agree to absence for ‘exceptional’ circumstances.  Some parents may consider this an exceptional circumstance.  Therefore, if any parent does agree for their child to take part in this event, they would need to contact the school via the normal procedure for reporting absence in advance.  Children who partake in the event will only be released from the school if their parents, or other agreed responsible adult, can collect them from the school to accompany them to the event.  Any such absence will be recorded as ‘authorised’.  We will not permit any student to leave the school site if they cannot be collected by their parents or other agreed responsible adult. As the published start time for the event is 11:00am, we would expect students to attend school in the morning.

The Roseland Academy has an established and active student CAT (Climate Action Team) who are leading a number of initiatives to raise awareness of climate change and undertake direct action in school to reduce our environmental impact. Any student wishing to take part in the event on Friday with parental permission, is additionally requested to write a letter to Mr Challis, outlining how they have contributed to and supported the CAT in past campaigns, and how they will commit time and support with on-site activities this year.

We will be inviting Sarah Newton MP to meet with our CAT and discuss their current projects and concerns about climate change and environmental impact, at the next available opportunity.

Many thanks

The Roseland Academy

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