Greenville Schools: Students don’t have to watch Trump inauguration in class

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Parents of Greenville County Schools students can opt their children out of watching President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in class on Friday.

Greenville County Schools Director of Communciation Beth Brotherton said in an email on Wednesday that the decision to watch inaugural events during the school day is an instructional one that should be tied to state standards and is made at the classroom and school level.

The district’s instructional policy allows parents the opportunity to opt their children out and receive an alternate assignment regarding presidential inaugurations, U.S. History or a similar topic.

A number of the district’s social studies and U.S. government teachers have made plans to watch Friday’s inauguration as part of their classroom instruction.

GCS is asking principals to work with teachers to finalize plans Wednesday so teachers can notify parents this afternoon or Thursday if they intend to view the inauguration. This will give parents time to determine their preference and, if so inclined send a written request to opt out.

The district had the same opt-out option for President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

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