Dear NELSD Community,
On Tuesday, May 24, multiple students and teachers lost their lives in a senseless act of violence at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This is yet another terrible tragedy for our country and our hearts are broken for the Uvalde community.
As educators, we are fortunate to know first-hand the vibrant and caring communities that form around schools. Losing even one school community member is devastating; the magnitude of what the Robb Elementary community is facing is unthinkable.
These events are unbearable and painful and may also create fear and anxiety. It can be challenging to know how to talk to children about tragedies like this. As you process these events, please remember that we are all part of the same community in the Northeastern Local School District (NELSD). If you or your child needs support or assistance, please contact our buildings to let us know. We also wanted to share some resources for families as they approach these difficult conversations.
At NELSD, part of our mission is to provide the opportunity for students to succeed by offering a safe and respectful environment. Therefore, we continuously evaluate our safety, security, and mental health services and procedures to ensure we take proactive steps to keep all students and staff safe.
A few of the measures in place at NELSD include:
- All doors are locked during the school day. Visitors can only enter through the main entrance, which is equipped with remote entry.
- All staff members receive safety and security training to prepare for specific incidents, such as:
- Potential threat awareness
- Identifying early intervention/prevention strategies
- Instruction regarding school-wide safety terminology
- We are hiring a School Resource Officer for the 2022-23 school year and regularly collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department to address safety matters on an ongoing basis. We are grateful for their support and the care they provide for our students and staff.
- Safety concerns can be reported anonymously at any time by calling (937) 568-7117. These calls are monitored 24/7, and an immediate alert is sent to NELSD team members for any significant report made, no matter the time of day.
- Each building has staff members trained in threat assessment to provide an evidence-based, comprehensive intervention with students when threats or concerns are reported.
- NELSD has two district mental health therapists, Carrie McGuire and Cassidy Koewler, to provide additional support for students and families, as well as school counselors at each building.
As we look ahead to the 2022-2023 school year, we will be re-training all staff members in “Run, Hide, Fight” protocols in cooperation with our district Safety Committee. We have a full-time behavior specialist to assist teachers, administrators, and staff with student behaviors at NELSD who will provide safety and security support.
I want to assure all families that safeguarding our students is a top concern for our teachers, staff, and leaders. We will continue to take our responsibility to keep our schools safe for all students and staff seriously.
Our hearts are with the entire Robb Elementary and Uvalde, Texas community. They are also with you and your family, and we are here to help if you need us.
John P. Kronour, Ph.D.
Northeastern Local Schools