A high school student at the William Floyd High School in Long Island, New York, has been suspended for five days after he attended an in-person class.
For 17-year-old senior student Maverick Stow, the school day began like many before it. But, with ongoing coronavirus restrictions in place, students have been instructed to adhere to an alternating schedule of virtual learning and in-class participation.
As the Daily Wire reports, he was not scheduled to attend on that day.
Since Stow was attending class on a day that he was supposed to be virtually learning, the principal had him called down to the office.
The Daily Wire reports the principal asked Stow to leave campus but the student defended his attendance: “Well, no, I think I need to go class. This is during-class time.”
William Floyd High School Senior Maverick Stow was suspended 5 days today for attending in-person classes on his remote learning day. He says students belong in school. The school district says students who “flagrantly” disregard the schedule will be suspended. pic.twitter.com/ZRDSfrBtgJ
— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) September 8, 2020
The student attended the class for the remainder of the day but was notified by the school’s administrators not to return as he had been suspended for 5 days “for violating the school’s coronavirus policy.”
In a statement, William Floyd School District Public Relations Director James Montalto explained the suspension.
“In order to adhere to these guidelines, it is imperative that students attend school during their scheduled in-person days only,” Montalto said per the outlet. “Students who refuse to adhere to their scheduled in-person days and/or flagrantly disregard directives to leave school grounds and cause a disruptive environment for other students, will face disciplinary actions.”
The report adds:
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Stow defended his decision to attend class in person, as did his parents.
“I was going to school like students should be going to school. I think that a five-day suspension is out of line,” he said. “The virus doesn’t discriminate on Mondays or Tuesdays or Thursdays or Fridays. That’s not how it works.”
Stow’s mother, Nora Kaplan-Stow, said, “Kids need to be in school every day. Virtual learning is not learning … My son is being suspended because he wants to be in school.”
His father, Richard Stow, said, “He’s a very smart kid. He knows what he’s doing. When he said this is how he wanted to handle things, we were like, ‘Then go for it.’”
As Fox News reports, Stow showed up to the school again during his suspension.
“Maverick showed up to school again this morning despite his suspension and continued to display insubordinate behavior – even at one point squaring up to a district official and stating that the district would have to ‘forcibly remove’ him from school grounds,” Montalto said.
This time, the police were called to assess the situation.
“Suffolk County Police responded to William Floyd High School on September 9 after a student showed up to class when he was not scheduled to,” the police said according to Fox News. “The school issued the student a suspension. Police advised the student to attend only when he is scheduled to. The student left without incident.”
Stow, who spoke with ABC7 about the suspension, called it “out of line.”
The school has encouraged the senior to take his complaint up with the New York elected officials who enacted the coronavirus restrictions.