Response to Texas Tragedy
I write today with an extraordinary heavy heart, as we as educators, as parents, as family members, react to the unthinkable school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. It was another very sad day in America as so many innocent children and teachers were victims of another senseless act of violence.
As we continue to see the violence towards schools throughout the nation, it is very important that we continue to take the necessary steps to keep our students, staff, and community safe. Below, please find the steps Clintondale Community Schools will take to continue to keep our students and staff safe:
► Please keep all doors, entrances and exits locked at all times.
► Please closely monitor students who are outside at recess and participating in physical education.
► Principals should monitor cameras to ensure the school campuses are safe from any intruders.
► Staff will continue to receive professional development on ALICE.
► Students at all grade levels will receive ALICE training at the beginning of the school year.
► The Finance Committee and Operations Department will begin reviewing new doors and mechanisms for entry into buildings.
► The Capitol Projects Goal of the strategic plan will be updated to reflect new and updated safety measures, district-wide.
► The Crisis Intervention Team, formed by Dr. Hicks, will continue to meet until a solid crisis plan has been developed.
► If possible, a School Resource Officer will be hired to patrol all district-wide offices and schools.
Additionally, if you know of anyone who is making threats towards specific schools or students, please report it to your school administrator, immediately. Please speak to your students and children to report any suspicious activity or individuals they may see or encounter.
Finally, please see additional information below from the Michigan Department of Education Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for an alternative option for reporting.
Schools. students. educators. and community members are encouraged to report any instances of threats. bullying. or harmful behavior to Michigan·s OK2SA Y hotlines. Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students. school employees. or schools.
OK2SAY is available 24 hours a clay. seven clays a week by calling 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729): texting OK2SAY (652729): or emailing OK2SAY@mi.gov.
Specially-trained technicians receive the tips and filter the information to the appropriate agency to provide a timely and effective response.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Stay safe, stay well, Stay healthy!
Yours in Education,
Rodriguez F. Broadnax, Ed.S