USD 475 planning emergency meeting after JCHS walkout

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An emergency school board meeting is planned Friday at USD 475 Geary County Schools.

The district, in a statement Thursday, said the meeting will take place at 4 p.m. and while it will be open to the public, it will not be live streamed. The only agenda item is an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel.

Earlier this week the district began investigating after a Junction City High student was told to remove her Islamic head scarf, known as a hijab, prompting other students to stage a walkout Wednesday.

The high school principal met with students to discuss their concerns and the emergency meeting was scheduled.

District spokeswoman Sacha Dent in a statement said USD 475 does not tolerate bias or discrimination against students and requires “robust diversity training, active community engagement, and more education of different cultures and beliefs.”

The Kansas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said in a statement Thursday that it welcomed the investigation by the school district.

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