A change to Florida law this year requires all school districts to publish in the student code of conduct booklet the students’ right to not participate in reciting the pledge of allegiance. In complying with the change in law, our staff developed a form for parents to use to exercise that right. Superintendent Pons received several messages from the community in regards to this process and-- upon further inspection--made the decision to remove the form and revise the code of conduct booklet. We apologize for any confusion the form may have caused. We understand that approximately 400 paper copies were distributed before the superintendent stopped the process.
Tallahassee—The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon) and the Leon County School Board today announced that they have confirmed a case of tuberculosis (TB) at Amos P. Godby High School, located at 1717 West Tharpe Street. Because of confidentiality laws, the patient cannot be identified.
Multiple students have been arrested following an altercation on Godby’s campus this morning. During the investigation of the altercation a weapon was located by an administrator. No students were harmed. The students involved in the fight were suspended immediately and recommended for expulsion.
Lively Technical Center staff has asked the Leon School Board to research changing the institution’s name to a college. LCS staff is working internally to study all pertinent information in preparation for a presentation at a future school board workshop. Superintendent Pons and staff will continue to meet with teachers from Lively as part of the information gathering process. The date of the public school board workshop will be announced as it becomes available.
Many LCS Schools went through their tornado warning procedures this morning. I have been on the phone with our District Security Center, the Emergency Operations Center and principals checking on any damage or concerns. We will continue to monitor the weather and hazardous conditions over the next few hours. There have been no reports of injuries or damage, though some systems may have been interrupted. We will update our school communities as needed throughout the day..