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Pupil strike on Friday over climate change.

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justasking111 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:20:30

DS said on Friday the pupils at his school might walk out on Friday over climate change. I did not realise at the time it was a national thing. Not impressed with this, what are the children going to do for three hours. We have had nothing official from the school. Has anyone?

FissionChip5 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:24:00

What’re they hoping to achieve? No one who has the power to do something to resolve climate changes gives a fuck about children missing school.

TheFirstOHN Sun 10-Feb-19 14:29:09

The article doesn't make it clear whether the pupils will be walking out of lessons (remaining on the school site) or walking out of school (leaving school premises and protesting on a public street).

simonisnotme Sun 10-Feb-19 14:29:15

it will achieve nothing , just an excuse to skive for 3hrs
until Japan, China and America curb their emissions anything our puny little country does will have zero effect

MigGril Sun 10-Feb-19 14:29:21

Good on them, it's about time we did some serious about this. It's their lives that will be affected. I think they can have more impact then they realise.

Foxyscarf Sun 10-Feb-19 14:30:40

Well it's got 5 people talking about it so far.

Sparklingbrook Sun 10-Feb-19 14:34:06

I sincerely hope DS2 is not going to do it. What a waste of time and education.

justasking111 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:34:59

It looks like they are leaving the premises.

Karwomannghia Sun 10-Feb-19 14:36:47

Children are powerless and have no say in these matters. Thank the lord they can see the wood for the trees.
I just hope they don’t have that knocked out of them by the time they’re old enough to do something. I’d support my kids though they haven’t mentioned it.

WhatToDoForTheBest2019 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:37:51

Why would you have had anything official from the school?
It's a pupil led protest, not a school-organised event. All school can say is that it will count as unauthorised absence surely?

borntobequiet Sun 10-Feb-19 14:41:10

Sensible student protesters will stay for afternoon registration and then walk out, so being officially present. (Unless school systems have changed since my secondary days.)

MartaHallard Sun 10-Feb-19 14:48:17

I'd be asking what steps each of them is taking in his/her own life to reduce climate change.

Do none of them ever waste food?
Do none of them ever buy cheap clothes they don't need?
Do none of them ever buy makeup, gadgets, 'stuff' etc that then lies around the house unused and ultimately ends up in landfill?
Do none of them ever ask their parents for lifts, and walk or use public transport everywhere?
Do none of them ever expect to fly anywhere?

Etino Sun 10-Feb-19 14:49:32

Brilliant. I hope it goes well and have shared.

BBInGinDrinking Sun 10-Feb-19 14:50:36

Some schools now take the register at the start of every lesson, not just twice daily. It still counts as an unauthorised absence if a DC is not in school and in lessons.

Some schools are already on half term, or will be on Friday, or possibly an INSET day.

justasking111 Sun 10-Feb-19 14:51:08

The protest is from 11am to 2pm. So they will need to be back for registration in the afternoon.

BBInGinDrinking Sun 10-Feb-19 14:54:08

It will be interesting to see how schools do respond. It would be a serious breach of school rules at one of my DC's schools to leave the premises during the day.

TheFirstOHN Sun 10-Feb-19 14:55:36

Three of my children attend secondary school and I work in a secondary school. The pupils can't just walk out. They have to sign out (fire regulations and safeguarding).

KS3 and KS4 pupils are not allowed to leave the school unless collected by a parent / carer. KS5 pupils can only leave unaccompanied if the school has obtained verbal permission from a parent / carer. If pupil does leave without permission, the school will phone the parent / carer to inform them.

And at my sons' school, the door (electromagnetic lock) has to be released by a button behind the reception desk. This is only disabled if the fire alarm is activated.

TheFirstOHN Sun 10-Feb-19 14:58:25

If they were to walk out of lessons and stage a protest within the school grounds, the school (and parents) would know that they are safe and accounted for.

HoundOfTheBasketballs Sun 10-Feb-19 15:09:31

I'm glad to hear young people are taking direct action. It's their future that we're all fucking with.
This Friday protest has been going on internationally for a while now. Some young activists, including Greta Thunberg have been protesting every Friday for ages.
I think that as long as this is genuine protest and not hijacked by kids looking to bunk off then we should support them, not minimise or trivialise what they are trying to do.

Unescorted Sun 10-Feb-19 15:14:30

Good on them - if it makes each family think about how they can reduce their carbon emissions it will have achieved something. Even better if some of those families take action on their child's concern. Better still if they and the voting age eligible members of their families contact their MP and outline their concern that government inaction is something they feel strongly about.

My kids have my support if they choose to walk out.

simonisnotme Sun 10-Feb-19 15:16:32

it will still achieve nowt however many kids bunk off school to 'protest'

Comefromaway Sun 10-Feb-19 15:18:16

It would be a serious breach at both dds and dss schools too. All staff, visitors and students have to sign out and registers are taken every single lesson.

pickledparsnip Sun 10-Feb-19 15:18:56

Some parents at my son's primary school are trying to get people to take their kids out for the day to march and protest.
Have taken DS on plenty of marches, but we won't be joining this one.

Arkos Sun 10-Feb-19 15:20:32

Bugger we are on half term holiday on Friday.

LetsGoFlyAKiteee Sun 10-Feb-19 15:23:27

All good as long as pupils gather and not use it as a excuse just to get out of school and go elsewhere.

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