JEFFERSON – Jefferson Parish Public School officials said they will not issue disciplinary consequences against students who participate in Wednesday’s planned class walkouts.

The nationwide classroom walkouts are planned for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. in honor of the 17 people killed during the Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School shooting last month.

Jefferson Parish school officials said the superintendent and leadership met with principals on Tuesday to discuss ways to “protect students’ first amendment right while ensuring campus safety.”

“JPPSS schools will use this opportunity as a teachable moment and will refrain from issuing disciplinary consequences as long as students remain respectful during the walkout and protest,” a statement from the school system read.

School officials say they are prepared to also provide supervision to students who decide to participate along with those who will not participate.

Several local schools and university plan to participate in the walkout. Eyewitness News will have more on the story at 6 p.m.