Thousands of students plan to walk out of class on Wednesday for the second time this year.
National organizers are encouraging students to walk out for 17 minutes at 10 a.m., to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland school shooting.
Students throughout our area plan to participate in different ways.
At Freedom High School in Loudoun County, students plan to walk laps for 17 minutes around the school's track.
At T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, students plan to "lie-in" on the school's football field for 17 minutes
At Thurgood Marshall Academy in D.C., students will walk out for 17 minutes and then stay outside for 2 minutes to honor two classmates who were shot this year.
A big question for parents: Will students get in trouble for walking out?
The answer is that It depends on the district. Montgomery County school officials say students will receive an unexcused absence. However, in Arlington County, students will be excused.
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In Prince George's County, if students are not in class by the time the protest is over, they will receive an unexcused absence.
There are also concerns from parents over whether participation in these protests could hurt a child's chance of getting into college. Schools like UVA, Yale, and MIT say unexcused absences will not affect their chances of admission, however there is no guarantee every school will react to the same way.
The best thing you can do is have a discussion with your child and administrators at the school to find out what repercussions your child can face.