Guidelines on Civic Engagement and the School Environment
As our nation heads toward the election on November 3, we recognize that students and families, as well as faculty and staff, are navigating emotional complexity. Each day brings news that affects each of us in different ways, all while we strive to stay connected with our loved ones and our communities.
As such, we wanted to keep you updated on the many discussions we’ve had at Prep recently about civic engagement, with the goals of encouraging civil discourse and the free exchange of ideas that keeps our community connected.
In September, our administrative Academic Life and Student Life Committees considered how best we can support our students in the days leading up to the election. Following this, members of our Student Life team met with our Conduct Review Committee and Student Senate, as well as interested students, at two brown-bag lunches.
Building upon this wealth of student feedback, which urged us to “encourage open-mindedness” and “maintain an inclusive environment,” the Academic Life Committee and the faculty discussed a set of civic engagement guidelines.
In the weeks to come, we plan to follow these guidelines in classrooms, in an optional election town hall on the issues, and in a variety of student clubs. We wanted to share these Guidelines on Civic Engagement and the School Environment with you.
These civic engagement ideals are rooted in Prep’s mission and honor code. We hope to look to them in the months to come as additional inspiration for being kind, honest, generous, and respectful.