After the usual Logan Live presentation on the school's video network at the start of second period, Montoya took to the public address system to announce that his reading of teachers' assessments of student attendance and effort during the five days of testing convinced him to allow the students to don caps and other appropriate headwear.
Montoya said that he had asked teachers to email him with their opinions on how hard their students tried on the state-mandated battery of tests. The "overwhelming" response was positive, by a three-to-one margin, he said.
"Congratulations," he told the students.
However, he offerred some caveats. "No obscene hats," or hats which endorse or advertise illegal behaviors, or hats which could be construed as "gang" apparel. "No flying of colors will be tolerated," he said.
"If you are not certain" if a hat is acceptable, "ask an house principal or me first," Montoya said.
He warned that abuses of the "privilege" could lead to recission of "free hat Fridays.'
"Please don't blow it," he said. "Just follow the guidelines."
Part of the "deal" Montoya offered students in advance of the testing was that, if Logan's API score rose to over 800 points as a result of student's efforts on the tests, he would convene a committee of students and administrators to modify the hat policy for next year.