The article says they will not provide an alternative “opt-out” space for kids who do not want to see the speech. Unless I missed it, though, there wasn’t a threat of punishment or discipline for any child not in attendence, so absolutely keep your kid home that day.
Of course, this speech will be recorded for future viewing, which they will likely spring on the absentees without notice at some point in the future. If your kids have cells tell them to text or call you if this happens on Day 2 of school then go get them for a family emergency.
That is exactly right.
He didn’t come right out and say it. However, he did hint that if you keep your kids home, they would just re-play for them at a later date.