The following was sent earlier today to all district parents and staff. Please reach out to any of our district offices or to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are in need of anything or have questions. Please keep the community of Ulvade, Texas in your prayers.
“Dear Fairbanks Families,
The heartbreaking and senseless violence that occurred yesterday in Ulvade, Texas is a tragedy beyond words. I would ask that each of us share our prayers and deeds to help support the community of Uvlade. With each reminder of how school violence can happen in any community, the events of yesterday bring school safety into focus even as we celebrate the end of another school year.
We are fortunate to live in a supportive community where every adult, employee, parent, and community member cares deeply about the well-being of our children. School and community safety is a shared effort. In Fairbanks, we use a three-pronged approach to safety: Securing our Physical Environment, Staff Training and Planning, and Student Well-Being. Below are examples of our safety planning.
Check-In Procedures: We have established a locked, single entry point in each building where visitors are required to follow check in procedures prior to entering the building.
School Resource Officer: Deputy Rod Wilson is our school resource officer with the Union County Sheriff’s office. Deputy Wilson is present in our buildings to build relationships with students and provide education on a variety of topics, including reporting threats. Deputy Wilson is a part of our safety planning and school threat assessment team.
ALICE: Our staff has been trained in ALICE, active shooter response training, which encourages a multi-leveled response to violence including flight, hide/barricade, and fight. Our buildings conduct regular age appropriate safety drills to practice and train students.
Safer Ohio School Tip Line: The Safer Ohio School Tip Line is a free safety resource available to all Ohio schools. The tip line is an anonymous reporting system that accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day.
This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student. We investigate every call that is placed regarding our schools. Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are received by the hotline.
Mental Health Support: We work closely through our guidance staff and community agencies to assist struggling students and families with mental health and behavior needs. Additionally, our schools established the Sandy Hook Threat Assessment Team this year to discuss student and school needs throughout the school year.
These layers of protections are important, but ultimately the most important tool we possess are the relationships we have with each other and with our children. Our collective efforts to build lines of communication and share information when issues arise are critical to the fabric of our community. Below are some steps we can all take to help with our children:
- Talk to your child often about school, their activities, and ask questions.
- Monitor your child’s social media activity, text messages, and other activities.
- Know your child’s friends.
- Remind them safety is a collective responsibility, if they know something, tell someone.
- Threats are serious. Remind them not to joke around about any type of school safety issue, it is not a joking matter.
- Take action if something does not seem right – let us know, contact the police, or contact the safety line.
As a school district, we understand that events such as these affect each person differently. If you, your child, or someone you know needs support, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or (937) 349-3731 ext 1202. You can also contact any of our school offices.
The event that unfolded in Ulvade yesterday is a senseless tragedy. Once again, please join me in prayers and deeds to support their community in ways you see fit. We are fortunate to live in the Fairbanks community where each person takes pride and responsibility for the well-being of all. As I have learned, Fairbanks truly lives the “It takes a village” mantra. That is especially true for school and community safety. Thank you for everything you do to help our schools, our community, and most importantly our children.