Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 2/15/2018 9:10:00 PM
After learning the shocking news of the horrific attack in Florida, I have felt "rocked" to my core. Although there have been many school shootings, I cannot explain why this one has been so impactful. It might be the many videos that I have watched over and over again. It might be the fact that the school district seemed to do things to prevent this from occurring, and it still happened. It might also be because I feel so strongly that children should feel safe, always, but, most especially, in school.
As we all struggle to understand the depth of this tragedy, some of our children are questioning and facing a range of emotions. As always, please know that our counselors and psychologist are available to assist you should you need help in knowing how to broach this subject with your child. Please feel free to call the school and ask to speak to one of them.
Most importantly, from my role as the leader of this district, I feel the need to assure you of all the measures we are taking to keep your children safe. While we regularly practice drills, we are taking some extra measures to strengthen our process including reviewing our safety plan, reviewing how we handle reported incidents of threats, strengthening our proactive/preventitive programs, and providing students with an anonymous way to report atypical behavior and inappropriate social media posts. We are also looking at how we are connecting with our students.
Unfortunately, we live in a time when there are no absolutes when it comes to safety - whether we are at work, school, church or even the movie theater; however, our strong partnership with law enforcement, as well as the positive relationships among our students and staff are key factors in making our school a safe place to be each day.
Thank you for entrusting us with your most important assets.
As always, please feel free to comment on this blog post or contact me should you wish to discuss any concerns.