On Friday, more than 40 members of the District’s administrative staff convened for a full day of collaboration focused solely on the health and safety of our students and staff. It was an incredibly valuable day of constructive feedback aimed at strengthening the overall health and safety profile of the District.
We know many of our students, staff and parents are still dealing with anxiety stemming from last week’s tragic event at Oxford High School. As we return to school on Monday, please know that we are more committed than ever to ensure we have the resources in place to keep our schools safe.
In the coming weeks, we will announce plans to accomplish the following:
• Active shooter preparedness training for all students and staff
• More frequent secure mode and lockdown drills
• Broaden the physical security footprint at all schools
• Improve awareness of students and staff regarding safety procedures
• Improve access and awareness of mental health and wellness supports for students and staff
As we have said in the past, we take threats very seriously in this district, as do our law enforcement partners. We have long embraced the school resource officer model which focuses, first and foremost, on building relationships with students and staff to ensure potential risks are identified early on. We are fortunate to have a close relationship with our local law enforcement partners. We will continue to work as a team to ensure that everyone in our schools feel safe and supported.
We are all in this together,
Matt Wandrie – Superintendent