"There's not really much need for a strike, although we respect the need for students to express themselves with some sense of freedom and we certainly believe in some democratic processes but what we're saying if you're of school age, the place you really should be at school", he said.
He did, however, say that exam dates were scheduled at the beginning of the school year and students would need to make a decision. "Nobody's going to be penalized".
We are aware that there is a Global Climate Strike planned for Friday, September 20th for youth and others to spread awareness of the climate crisis. Those were just some of the more freakish takes on the climate strike from sections of the media on Friday.
A Sky News reporter covering the climate strike in Sydney said she was insulted by a protester after revealing who she worked for.
"The things we will learn in school will be of no use when we are fighting for our lives and [for] clean air and water", said Angelina Riley, a Rainier Beach High School student, reading the letter to School Board members at the meeting.
A spokesman for the Ormiston Academy Trust said: "Our view is that children should only be out of school in exceptional circumstances and we have a duty of care to ensure their safety".
New York City's Department of Education has already promised to excuse absences of students participating in the climate strike if they have parental consent.
Just in case anyone wanted to tell these students to get back to school..
"When it comes to teachers who want to participate in that, as well, they would be organizing that just like any other field trip".
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Later today pupils at Boughton Monchelsea Primary School will hold their own protest on the school grounds.
But it's clear younger people are leading this movement and they say most adults - especially policy-makers - are moving far too slowly.
The strike is part of a movement called the Global Climate Strike.
Inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, protests are planned in about 150 countries to call on governments to take immediate action to limit the harmful effects of manmade climate change.
In 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report warning the world had 12 years to make changes before extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty ravage the planet.
Rallies to open the "Global Climate Strike" took place on Friday in 110 towns and cities across Australia, including Sydney and the national capital, Canberra.
The Commission Scolaire de Montreal, Quebec's largest school board, has cancelled classes on September 27, calling it an "exceptional gesture" stemming from its desire to support awareness of the climate emergency. Millions of people are expected to walk the streets to urge world leaders to take to develop and implement appropriate measures.
UBC said students who plan on taking part in the walkout should discuss possible accommodations with their instructors.
However, as youngsters again prepare to make their voices heard, schools and academies are faced with the hard conundrum of how to approach those who do choose to take action.