Dear Lexington Two family:
The recent tragedy at a Florida high school has left students and parents alike wanting to know more -- and do more -- about school safety.
To that end, students across the country are driving a campaign of events to advocate for safer schools. Among the largest is a planned 17-minute walkout at , in memory of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims on the one-month anniversary.
Here in Lexington Two, creating a safe environment for learning is the most important thing we do, and we support students’ efforts to participate in peaceful observances. After all, part of our job as educators is to encourage students to become involved citizens who champion causes important to them, and school safety is a commendable one.
Administrators at many of our schools have been approached by students about what kinds of observances are appropriate. The priority is to keep students safe, and so administrators and students are working together on plans, which will include a designated “safe place” for students to gather at each school. Administrators, teachers and support staff will be on hand, as well as added security when appropriate, to ensure a safe and orderly environment.
These events will be for students only; no parents, community members or media will be invited to participate. That said, these observances will be completely voluntary, nonpolitical and peaceful, and no student should feel any pressure to participate if they do not want to.
Conversations about school safety are so important in today's world. I shared with you last month in a letter -- still posted on our district website -- about some of the things we’re doing as a district to boost safety in our schools, including practice drills, law enforcement partnerships and upgraded safety equipment like keyless entry.
I encourage you to talk with your children about the importance of being aware of their school surroundings and of reporting any unusual or threatening behaviors. Encourage them to share concerns with school administrators, teachers, SROs or any other adult at the school.
Please contact your principal if you have any questions or concerns about activities.
Dr. William James