Philly students plan to walk out for another climate strike, will not be penalized

Thousands of Philadelphia and Philadelphia-area students skipped school Friday to gather at City Hall in solidarity with a global Climate Strike of young people all around the world.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students are planning to walk out of school Friday for a City Hall rally to bring attention to climate change. 

Students are expected to converge on City Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take action against climate change. A similar rally Sept. 20 drew several thousand young people to the streets of Center City.  

School District of Philadelphia students who walked out during September's climate strike were hit with an unexcused absence. This time, though, the district is allowing students, with a note from their parent or guardian, to attend the rally. 

Rachie Weisberg, one of the rally organizers, says that may attract more students.

"I'm not actually sure how much of an effect it'll have but I definitely think it'll help with turnout," she said.

In a letter to parents this week, Superintendent William Hite wrote that in-school events were being organized to allow students to express their views without walking out of school.