Tuesday, September 10, 2013

According to HB 1501 that passed the Texas Legislature last session, Texas public schools — including Pine Tree ISD — have new requirements each September 11th. Students at every grade level will hear an age-appropriate statement about the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. All classes will also observe the state-mandated moment of silence.

The following statement, or something more age-appropriate for younger students will be shared in Pine Tree ISD. Flags on campuses will also fly at half-mast.


Today is September 11th, and all over the nation, we pause today to remember an important day in the history of our country. Today we remember and we honor those who keep the country safe, and we reflect on the country’s resilience to overcome tragedy like that which occurred on September 11, 2001.

Today, on the12th anniversary of the date of this tragedy, the United States proudly remains the “home of the free and the land of the brave.” Remember today, that in spite of any difficulty or hardship, or tragedy, you are a positive force in our world.

In honor of the brave men and women who lost their lives on this day, we ask that you join with other students and staff members around the state as we invoke one minute of silence.

House Bill 1501, introduced by Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, requires that public schools provide for the observance of a minute of silence at the beginning of the first period of the school day to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001.

The minute of silence may be held in conjunction with the regular minute of silence, but the bill also states that immediately before the period of observance, the class instructor "shall make a statement of reference to the memory of individuals who died on September 11, 2001."

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