A message from Dr. McCann regarding school safety
All of us here at Westside Community Schools are heartbroken and saddened by the tragic events that took place Wednesday in Florida. No child or teacher should be afraid of going to school. The students, families, staff members, law enforcement officers and community of Parkland are in our thoughts.
We are thankful for our community, who enabled us to recently upgrade security at our buildings by approving a bond issue in 2015. Please know that each summer, building and District staff teams meet to review and update emergency plans for every school. At times like this, we double-check our systems to ensure that safeguards are in place. We also remind staff and students in how to respond to dangerous situations; in fact, we completed a lockdown drill at Westside High School just last month.
Friday morning, Westside High School staff will lead a moment of silence at the beginning of homeroom. Counselors and other staff are available to meet with students and staffif they have additional questions or simply want to talk. CLICK HERE for a helpful guide from the National Association of School Psychologists with some tips for things parents can do at home if their child is struggling with this issue.
We are also sharing an important message with students and ask that you have the same conversation at home: If you see or hear something, say something — to a staff member, an SRO, your parents, or by calling 911. Whenever students encounter troubling rumors, social media posts, notes, or conversations, they should share their concerns as soon as possible with a responsible adult or police.
Yours in education,
Blane McCann, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Westside Community Schools