Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Superintendent Outlines Procedures

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

School Superintendent Outlines Procedures

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This is the text of a letter Clay County School Superintendent David Owens sent to all parents in the school system following the shooting incident in Colorado:

Dear parents and community members:

In light of the recent tragedy in Littleton, Colo., we wanted to let you know what is being done in the Clay County public schools to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. School safety is always a top priority in our district. Some examples of our emphasis on safety include:

All schools have a Lockdown Policy. Upon hearing a coded signal over the intercom, teachers tell the students, "This is a lockdown." Classroom doors are locked and students crouch silently beside their desks until they are given further instructions.

All classrooms are connected to the front office by an intercom.

All visitors to every school campus are required to sign in at the front office. In some schools, visitors with official business on campus are given a visitor's badge.

A deputy sheriff is regularly on hand at each high school and junior high school.

Peer counseling classes train students to talk with students who are having problems.

Student safety is one of the key considerations in the administrative staffing of our schools.

Elementary students go to the restroom, the front office, the cafeteria and the media center in pairs.

An alert faculty with open eyes and ears is the first line of defense.

During class changes, teachers are at their classroom doors or patrolling the hallways.

Administrators and custodial staff are equipped with walkietalkies for faster communication with each other as they travel around the school.

Faculty and administrators use golf carts to patrol large high school campuses.

Hand-held metal detectors are available for use whenever the administration deems it necessary.

Zero tolerance for weapons on school campuses means that possession of a gun or weapon on a school campus is prohibited by law for everyone who goes onto a campus. …

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