Dear Goochland Families:
I am writing to share some thoughts on the horrific incident in Newtown, CT, yesterday. My heart goes out to the families of students, teachers and principals who did not return home from school. We are all saddened on so many levels by this terrible situation, and cannot imagine the multitude of emotions being expressed throughout our community. I hope that you will join me in keeping these families in your thoughts and/or prayers.
We believe that our schools are extremely safe and I just wanted to share a few of the proactive safety practices that we have in place, amongst many others, to support your children and our schools:
- Regular drills, including lock-down drills, fire drills, and tornado drills.
- The Sheriff’s department provides a School Resource Officer to the GMS/GHS Complex.
- We regularly review our crisis management plans side-by-side with our safety-based policies and our code of conduct. As recently as Wednesday of last week, the leadership team met to review our practices and suggest improvements for the future.
- Regular meetings with school-based law enforcement and discussions with the Sheriff to share best practices.
We are fully invested in being comprehensive and thorough in our daily approach, and are always looking for new ways to be a better and safer school division for all. I think as a nation we must all use this opportunity to reflect on whether we are utilizing best safety practices in schools and we will continue to do so.
We are here for you if you need us.