BULLHEAD CITY – The Bullhead City Elementary School District will allow excused absences Wednesday for students who witness President Donald Trump’s speech in Bullhead City. However, schools will remain open.
It is the first time that a sitting U.S. President has visited Bullhead City. Many parents and staff members have expressed interest in attending the event at the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport.
“President Trump’s visit to Bullhead City gives citizens a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the American constitutional process in action regardless of their political opinions,” said BCESD Superintendent Carolyn Stewart. “We understand, indeed expect, that many parents will want to take their children to the rally and that employees may also want to participate.”
If students are absent to attend the rally at the airport, their absences will be excused. Students in fifth through eighth grades who are absent will be expected to complete a one-paragraph (minimum of five complete sentences) statement of “the importance of voting in the United States” to turn in to the teacher of their first class on Thursday. Students attending school virtually should follow their teachers’ directions for turning in this assignment.
Students who attend the rally are reminded to wear cloth face masks because of the likelihood of a huge crowd and the unlikelihood of social distancing.
Because of traffic restrictions on the Bullhead Parkway and Laughlin Ranch Blvd., and heavy traffic throughout the community, some buses to and from school sites may run late. Pick-up and drop-off times may be affected by traffic and street closures.
“We ask parents to be patient,” said Dr. Stewart.
The Bullhead City Police Department has advised that the Bullhead Parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Highway 95 to Landon Drive, one block west of BCESD’s Sunrise Elementary School. Beginning Tuesday evening, Laughlin Ranch Blvd will be closed from Bullhead Parkway to Highway 95 and all entrances to Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport will be closed (South Laughlin View Drive, South Airpark Drive, and Landon Drive west of the Parkway).
In addition to Sunrise, bus routes for Bullhead City Middle School and Fox Creek Junior High School, as well as some special education routes, may have delays, especially in the morning. Delays are also possible as crowds leave the airport in the afternoon following the President’s departure.