In light of recent concerns related to student safety at the middle and high school, we would like to emphasize that the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. The Board of Education, district leaders, faculty, support staff, students and families all want what is best for our students, district, and community.
We have heard the concerns expressed by parents, teachers, and community members. We want to assure all of our stakeholders that the student code of conduct at our schools is almost exactly the same as it was last year. Consequences, including suspensions, are still being given, when appropriate, by school administrators. We are continuing to make changes to our practices and procedures to help ensure student safety. We continue to layer supports and interventions, such as restorative practices, into our system to help repair and improve relationships between teachers, students, parents, and community members. This approach has become even more critical as conflict in our community has sometimes spilled over into our school buildings.
We welcome the continued engagement and problem solving in our efforts to help our students be and feel safe when they come to school. Working together as a community, we can ensure that our schools provide a safe and supportive environment.