The Obama administration recently scheduled the conference, which is set for noon Tuesday. The address will be aired live on the White House website, www.whitehouse.gov/live/, as well as C-SPAN. The message will also be aired on C-SPAN radio.
Some school districts in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin have elected not to show the address. Other districts across the nation have said they will offer the chance for parents to not have their children watch it.
Clay Community School Corporation administration Supt. Dan Schroeder said showing the address is up to each building principal.
"It's voluntary if students want to see it or not or if parents want their (child) to see it," Schroeder told The Times.
Schroeder said corporations were notified earlier this week of the address, which is expected to last no more than 20 minutes.
"From the information I got, it's going to be an educational presentation about studying hard, working hard and following what the school has to offer and the importance of a diploma," Schroeder said. "I don't think it's going to be a political message."
Schroeder said he hopes no political message is mixed in.
"If it is an educational message, it would be good for (the students) to see it. If it's political, I don't think this is the proper arena. There is a lot of good that can come out of the president leading the charge for better education. But hopefully, it's not a message about politics. It should be an educational message."
Clay City Junior/Senior High School Principal Jeff Bell said he has received phone calls from parents who have expressed concern regarding the address.
Bell said he has stressed to those parents that watching the address is not mandatory.
"We're just proceeding with a normal school day," Bell said. "It's not going to be mandatory. The (students will not) have any assignment. The (students who) want to see it will have that option. But it's not going to be part of the classroom procedure or lesson plans. They won't have to watch it."
Eastside Elementary School Principal Mary Ray, however, said she does not plan on providing access to the address.
"I didn't feel like I had enough time to get information to parents to say yea or nay," Ray said.
She added she has already received phone calls from concerned parents stating they were pleased with her decision.
One parent, she said, stated she didn't feel like a school setting was the appropriate place for an address.
"The main reason for not showing it was I felt like I didn't have enough time," Ray added.
North Clay Middle School Principal Jeff Allen agreed, saying time would be an issue.
However, Allen said the school would tape the address and view it later, deciding whether it "supplements our curriculum."
Allen said he has received phone calls from parents as well who said they preferred their child not watch the speech.