School superintendent issues message to parents
Lee County Superintendent of Schools Gregory K. Adkins provided parents with a safety update Sunday:
March 25, 2018
Dear School District of Lee County Families,
I hope you have had a restful and relaxing spring break, enjoying time with family and friends.
Over the past week we have been working with our partners at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to fortify school campuses and enhance safety protocols. We want to assure you that the safety and security of
our students and employees remain the highest priorities for both of our agencies.
When school resumes on Monday, you will see an increased law enforcement presence on our campuses. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is immediately reassigning 40 Supervisors, Lieutenants, Sergeant and Patrol Deputies so we will have additional School Resource Officers (SRO’s) dedicated to our schools.
In addition, the Sheriff’s Office is also increasing its presence at Lee County Schools by directing Detectives to use school facilities as a base of operations whenever possible, and asking patrol deputies to increase their already frequent checks of our schools during every shift.
The SRO’s are a proven entity to us and we know we can depend on them to keep our students and employees safe. We are deeply appreciative of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for committing to this kind of presence. Our children are better protected because of this.
In addition to more SROs, recent legislation provides our District with additional resources to support safety and security measures district-wide:
Safety and Security Measures Now and Ongoing
– Pending Board Approval on March 27th, a new Director of Safety and Security will join our administrative staff April 2nd
– By March 31st every Lee County School will have completed Active Shooter training
– Starting April 1st, Active Shooter and hostage drills will be held monthly in our schools
– Threat assessments are being performed at all of our schools
– We are working toward a single point of entry at all of our schools
– Our safety and security protocols are being reviewed, reinforced and upgraded
– We are planning the deployment of advanced security technology at all of our schools
– We are developing safety procedures in the event of an active shooter situation on a school bus Safety and Security Measures To Be Completed
With the approval of recent legislation, the state will provide the District with additional funding to place a minimum of one School Resource Officer in each school beginning in the 2018/19 school year
With the approval of recent legislation, the state will also provide the District with additional funding to expand mental health services beginning in the 2018/19 school year
The District will develop a district-wide Security Risk Assessment for all schools by August 2018 and compete for a share of a $98 million statewide allocation to fund, in whole or in part, the costs associated with improving the physical security of school buildings. The state anticipates awarding grant funds to approved school districts in the first quarter of 2019.
Keeping our students, staff and schools safe is the responsibility of everyone in our community. We encourage parents and families to reinforce with their children if you see something, say something. Information and tips can be shared anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
Thank you for your ongoing support to make our schools and your students as safe as possible.
Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools