District Wide Safety

District Wide Safety
Posted on 02/22/2018
safetyDear School Community Member:

I am certain that we were all in shock as we continue to obtain information about the horrible school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida. These incidents seem unimaginable but sadly they continue to occur.

As we deal with this terrible news, some may wonder if our own kids are safe? We might further wonder about what our school district is doing to prepare for something like this? Under the current backdrop of school violence on a national level, these are normal questions to wonder about.

While we all know that there are no absolute guarantees in life, I want to assure you, as Superintendent of Schools, that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. Caring staff members and dedicated School Resource Officers surround our students. Beyond supervision, we have a number of initiatives in place all in the name of safety. We continue to encourage staff and students to contact an administrator or School Resource Officer should they spot something or someone that is odd, out-of-place, or unfamiliar. Our key phrase is “if you see something say something”.

We continue to practice a variety of safety drills with our students and staff including lockout and lockdown on a regular basis. In fact, some of our lock down drills must be conducted in an unannounced fashion as required by state education department regulations. Our building and district-wide safety teams meet on a regular basis to review current protocols, update practices based on new research, and develop plans to update security gaps.

Our Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program has been implemented in each of our schools. PBIS is a framework or approach for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students.

Our school counselors, crisis counselor, and school psychologists all identify and assist our most at-risk students. We will look to expand our network of assistance and identify resources to meet the social and emotional needs of our students in our district.

I can’t tell you that we have all of the answers when it comes to the terrible events that are plaguing school districts around the country. I wish I did. What I can share with you are the steps that we are taking as a school district to be prepared for the unknown. From our school safety teams to our school resource officers, to our alert staff and supportive parents, we have a strong foothold on school safety. 

If you have any questions about any of our programs or if you would just like to chat with me or your child’s principal, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to answer your questions and to let you know what we are doing in the name of student safety.

Thank you.


Sincerely,

Breanna Casey
Board of Education Superintendent 

Rosario Agostaro
Superintendent of Schools


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