Yesterday, another senseless tragedy occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. I know you join me and the entire nation in expressing our deepest sympathy to the families of the students and staff who lost their lives.
I wanted to take a few moments today to reassure our students, parents, staff and community that safety is our number one priority in Greater Clark County Schools. Safety procedures include a single entrance to schools with a buzzer system and video surveillance requiring all visitors to announce the reason for accessing the school; computerized limited criminal background check for all visitors; closed and locked classroom doors (with the exception of three open concepts schools that are currently being renovated); a district-wide communication system; security cameras; lockdown policies and procedures if an unidentified intruder is on campus; and periodic lockdown drills.
In addition, the district is very fortunate to have a strong partnership with local law enforcement and School Resource Officers assigned to all middle and high schools. Their responsibilities also include patrolling and monitoring of our elementary schools. As a district, we continuously evaluate our safety plan and also meet quarterly with the Clark County Safety Coalition which is comprised of school administrators and first responders to prepare for all types of emergencies.
School safety must be a shared responsibility of students, staff, parents and the community. We are proactive in monitoring email and social media, and also encourage anyone who views or is made aware of concerning social media posts, behavior, etc., to contact your child’s school immediately or the Administration Building at (812) 283-0701.
Thank you for your continued support of Greater Clark County Schools.
Dr. Andrew Melin
Greater Clark County Schools