This Is Who We Are:
Committed to Each Other
In light of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida this week, we must recommit ourselves to each other. This news, and the news of violence that has come before it, is saddening, frustrating and infuriating. However, we cannot get stuck in that anger. It must spur us to continue to do all within our power to provide a safe learning environment, to see those in need, and to commit ourselves to providing a supporting, caring and safe school community.
Each of our schools works closely with local law enforcement to assure emergency plans are in place and that those plans are practiced by staff and students. Outside safety professionals have conducted safety audits of our campuses and we have implemented recommended procedures and facility improvements. We are thankful for the strong relationships we have with local police including School Resource Officers at each of our schools.
A safe learning environment doesn't stop there. It is all of our responsibility. Staff and students have committed themselves to developing a school culture that looks out for each other. If we see something concerning, we say something. We continue to build relationships among students and staff so that we feel safe speaking up when we are concerned or if we see something that could pose a safety issue. Our Guidance and Dean staff are trained and prepared to assist those in need and to connect them with the appropriate resources available in our community.
I ask that you please continue to join me in providing a supportive, caring and safe learning environment.
Dr. Jim Gay
As we process these tragic news stories, the National Association of School Psychologists provides the following information about talking with students. This is useful information for us as educators as well as for families.