South Washington County Schools

A message to parents from Superintendent Keith Jacobus regarding the recent school shooting in Florida

Dear Families,

I am deeply saddened for the Broward County Schools community in Florida. Anytime a tragedy such as this occurs, many emotions come to the surface. It is with this in mind, that I reaffirm our commitment to providing a safe environment for our students and staff.

Safety is a top priority at South Washington County Schools. We continually evaluate and review our emergency procedures. Each year our schools conduct five lockdown drills, as required by state law. Every teacher is equipped with instructions on how to handle an emergency situation. They are encouraged to review these plans and discuss them, when appropriate, with students.

While we are fully committed to doing our part to ensure our student’s safety, we cannot do this work alone. Our administration has the support of local law enforcement to ensure we are prepared for any emergency situation. We also need the support of lawmakers, and leaders in our communities, to develop policies and programs to keep our schools safe.

In the wake of events, like this, it is not just the physical safety of our students that concern us, but their mental and emotional well-being. I recognize some of our students may be feeling anxious about their safety. It is of utmost importance that we validate the feelings of our children and reassure them that they are safe.

For parents who are looking for resources to help them have a deeper conversation with their children about incidents, like the one we saw in Florida this week, I encourage you to visit this link: http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers.

If you find your student has concerns, please reach out to your principal or school counseling staff. We are here to support you.

Warm Regards,
Keith Jacobus