Brown County’s school superintendents have explained how their schools will handle President Barack Obama’s nationwide address to students during the school day Tuesday.
• Brownwood — Superinten-dent Reece Blincoe issued a press release stating that Blincoe met with the district’s principals and has decided that he will watch the address when it is broadcast at 11 a.m.
“If the message is non-political in nature as we have been led to believe, Dr. Blincoe will approve the possible broadcast of the message at each campus in the district, which will be no earlier than Wednesday, Sept. 9,” the release states.
“Campus principals will have the option to show the broadcast at their individual campuses and will determine the best way to do that. Parents will have the option for their children to be excused from this broadcast. If a parent chooses for their child not to participate, they should send a note to school stating this on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Alternate activities will be planned for those students not participating. Under no circumstances should parents keep their children home for the entire school day just to avoid this lesson.”
• Early — Superintendent Brett Koch said the broadcast won’t air live in Early classrooms. On the high school level, if a teacher wants to show a recording, the teacher can show it with the principal’s approval, Koch said. The broadcast will not be shown to any students below high school.
School officials will speak with any parents who want to have their son or daughter opt out, Koch said.
“I look forward to hearing what the president has to say,” Koch said.
• Bangs — “We’re going to go ahead with school as normal,” Superintendent Bill Foster said, adding that principals will records the broadcast and make it available if teachers want to show it.
Foster said he has had phone calls from parents who don’t want the speech to be shown in schools. “People have been concerned about an agenda,” Foster said.
• Blanket — Superintendent Kevy Allred said there will be “school as usual” on Tuesday and teachers will stay focused on education. The broadcast won’t be shown live, but the social studies teacher may record it for later viewing, Allred said.
• May — Superintendent Don Rhodes said the speech will not be broadcast live, but teachers can show it later.
• Zephyr — Superintendent David Whisenhunt said the district was making plans to show the broadcast live to grades 7-12. Parents can have their children opt out, Whisenhunt said.
• Brookesmith — Superintendent Bryan Swartz said he’ll lave it up to teachers as to whether to show a recording of the speech. Three high school teachers have said they will, Swartz said.