The Waukee Community School District announced in a news release on the District website on Friday that students at Waukee High School, Timberline School and Prairieview School will participate in National School Walkout Day on Friday, April 20.


The release states that the Waukee High School Student Council and Random Acts of Kindness clubs have been networking with the surrounding school districts to send the message of “Central Iowa Students Against Gun Violence.”


The High School students have planned their walkout for 10 a.m. on April 10, at which time they will proceed to the Stadium, where a few students will speak. The walkout is expected to last 30-45 minutes.


Students at Timberline and Prairieview will also walk out at 10 a.m. on April 20. The news release states that the Timberline and Prairieview students will stay in a “safe, designated environment throughout the duration of the walkout which is anticipated to last no longer than 30 minutes.”


“We are proud that our students want to exercise their First Amendment rights to express their views on this important topic,” the news release said. “When students advocate for an issue they feel passionate about, it can be a powerful learning experience.”


The District also recognizes that students may not want to participate in the walkout and says that students will not be required to participate. During the walkout, classes will continue on their normal schedule.


Building staff and the Waukee Police Department will be on hand during the walkout to ensure student safety.


The news release said that students have also expressed interest in participating in the rally planned at the Iowa State Capitol. Students interested in participating in any event off of school grounds will need to be excused via parent phone call to the student’s attendance office.


Parents with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact a building administrator or the District Office.