Wicomico Superintendent of Schools Message on Safe Schools
The following message on safe schools from Wicomico County Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Fredericksen was provided Wednesday to principals and has been posted on the Wicomico County Public Schools website:
We appreciate hearing from parents and students and school safety concerns. Our schools are safe. We have highly trained and committed staff of our own in place as well as others from outside agencies prepared to do whatever it takes to keep your child safe. We have made appropriate adjustments in our systems, tools, and personnel to address existing and potential concerns. Our number one goal is safety and our teams are practiced at keeping things safe.
We recognize that rumors exist about various concerns and we are addressing them as needed. Many rumors have been circulating this week, and we have been working in cooperation with law enforcement personnel to investigate each report of a rumor. To this point, none of the rumors has been found to have a basis in fact.
When one looks at where students are safest, it's in their school, so please encourage your child to attend every day. We respect the right of parents and guardians to make decisions about school attendance, but feel that students will be safe every day at school. Please help by reassuring your student that the school is safe and that there is a large family of staff, volunteers, other parents and students who are here to help keep everyone safe.
Please keep in contact with your student's school, should you have information that we haven't learned about yet.
Respectfully, John E. Fredericksen, Ph.D. WCBOE Supt.
In addition, Wicomico school families received a ParentLink call Wednesdya night with the following announcement:
Our hearts are with everyone in Newtown, Conn., for the terrible tragedy they experienced last week. We'd like to assure you that every day, our school system carries out its commitment to maintain a safe learning environment for Wicomico's students. Our schools are safe because of the many safety measures that we have put in place. We continue to consider new ways to make our schools even safer. We welcome your suggestions and comments by calling (410) 677-5251 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please know that if your child has concerns about safety, we have guidance counselors and school psychologists able to help. Please reassure your child that their school is a safe place, and that every school has safety plans in the event of an emergency. Thank you.
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