The school shooting that occurred February 14 at a Florida high school is an unspeakable tragedy. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the families of Broward County Public Schools as they recover from this horrific attack.
As a school district, students and staff safety are a priority. We do this by working closely with our local police and fire departments. With the help of local law enforcement, CCA Staff participates in ALICE training an Active Shooter Response Training.
CCA would like to reassure families of the safety and security procedures and protocols we have in place throughout our district. When a situation arises in which some type of threat is brought to our attention, be it a direct or indirect threat, we collaborate with Principals and law enforcement to assess the threat level and determine the best course of action to keep students and staff safe.
The best strategy for safety is to remain vigilant in our classrooms, schools, and community. The adage “if you see something, say something” is an important part of preventing a tragedy. The answers to this problem are complex as they seem to be a societal problem. Mental health, emotional dysfunction, anger, and isolation seem to be a real part of our world today. Schools cannot fix our nation’s ills. We all have a role in sustaining a safe learning environment. If you or your child see something out of the ordinary or concerning, say something to someone involved. Report things to your teacher, principal or local law enforcement officials. Suspicious/non-emergency activity can be reported to Johnson County dispatch at (319) 356-6800 or to the Johnson County Tip line by calling (319) 354-3729. Of course, in an emergency, call 911.
However, one thing is certain: every decision is based on doing what’s best to support the safety and well-being of students and staff. We will continue to keep families informed via phone, email, district Facebook & Twitter, and the district website as much as possible when threat situations arise.
If a teacher or parent has a student that is troubled or concerned about the Florida incident, please inform your principal or counselor. Together we are stronger, safer, and healthier. Together we can take care of each other and those most in need.
Tim Kuehl, Superintendent