Dear AISD parents, students, staff and stakeholders,
We find ourselves once again mourning the loss of students and staff inside a school at Santa Fe High School. Our prayers go out to those suffering this tragic loss.
We want to assure you that we are committed to the safety and security of all our students and staff. We believe our campuses are safe, and we continue to work to make them safer. We regularly monitor our practices and procedures in collaboration with the Arlington Police Department, our security department and our administrators and make adjustments as needed. Since the tragedy in Florida in February, we have conducted trainings for campus administrators with the Arlington Police Department. The Arlington Police Department will also have a strong presence across the district at drop-off and pick-up times for the remainder of the school year.
Our collaboration with the Arlington Police Department is vital to school safety. The APD is a resource for us in the assessment of physical security for campuses and assists in the periodic review of crisis plans. Please know that threats are taken seriously and are swiftly and thoroughly investigated and addressed. In addition, we work to monitor student behavior that is beyond the violations of the Student Code of Conduct and align students/families with the appropriate resources to address students’ emotional and social needs. We are also assessing ways we can partner with the police department in this area. You can see more information about our security practices online by clicking here.
Schools should be among the safest places for students and staff, and we are committed to ensuring just that. Please continue to encourage our students to say something if they see or hear something.
Dr. Marcelo Cavazos