The following has been posted on the district website.
At 12:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), September 8, 2009, President Barack Obama will deliver a national address to the students of America. During this special address, the president will speak directly to the nation’s children and youth about persisting and succeeding in school. The president will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning.
The US Department of Education has notified us of this event and provided suggested curriculum materials that teachers can use. Information is available at http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/academic/bts.html.
As a district, we will not be participating in this event. Occurring during lunchtime and also taking away from instructional time, it would be too disruptive to the school day. Our schools should remain focused on the district’s curriculum and instructional program. However, downloadable video of the speech will be made available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/mediaresources/ as well as on www.ed.gov. C-SPAN.org will also provide archived and "on-demand" viewing options. Parents have these options for their children to view the video on their own. If teachers review the video and materials and feel there is a place in their curriculum to include these elements, they are encouraged to do so.
We hope that this decision was truly made because of the reasons stated, and was not influenced by the strange political storm swirling around the speech. If you would like to express your feelings on this decision. please contact Superintendent Hayes
Sept. 7 UPDATE: Here is the full text of the President's speech.