One-Year Anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Tragedy

One-Year Anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Tragedy
Posted on 02/12/2019
One-Year Anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Tragedy

Dear School District of Lee County Families,

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland where seventeen were killed and seventeen more were injured.

On Thursday at 10:17 a.m., the School District of Lee County will stand with Broward County and districts across the state, to observe a moment of silence to respect and remember those whose lives were lost, those who were injured and those whose lives have been irreparably changed.

As we pay tribute, we share a common commitment to do everything we can to enhance safety and security for our students, employees and visitors to our schools.

Over the past year, we have been working to fortify school campuses, enhance safety protocols and expand mental health and support services for our students.

  • All of our campus gates are closed and locked to prevent unauthorized campus access.
  • Doors leading to instructional classrooms or student occupied spaces are locked during school hours.
  • 2/3 of classroom doors have red locks, which means they can be locked from the inside. Funds generated from the half-cent sales tax will pay for remaining classrooms.
  • Video entrance systems will be installed in every school by the end of the school year.
  • We have a School Resource Officer on every campus and two on our larger high school campuses. In addition, we have trained security specialists.
  • Law Enforcement has live, real time access to all school camera systems.
  • We have partnered with law enforcement to develop emergency plans, which include active shooter and hostage situations.
  • We have added policies for violence prevention and intervention.
  • We have added additional personnel dedicated to safety and security as well as mental health.
  • The School District of Lee County has established agreements with Community Behavioral Health Providers to provide mental health services to students.
  • Threat Assessment Teams have been established and trained at each District school.
  • Student disclosure of mental health referrals is required upon registration and we have updated the student code of conduct per law, to include policies for referring violent or disruptive students, and students expelled for firearms or certain threats to be referred for mental health services.
  • We have implemented a mobile suspicious activity-reporting tool (Fortify Florida) that allows information to be sent anonymously concerning potentially unsafe and harmful activities.

While we have done much to strengthen schools over the last year, we continue to revise our processes and procedures to adapt to best practices. This week we are launching an updated page on our District website devoted to safety and security (www.leeschools.net/safety) and another devoted to mental health and wellness (www.leeschools.net/mentalhealth). On those pages, you will find information about our initiatives and resources for families. You can also sign up to receive emergency alerts and notifications from the District, submit tips through Fortify Florida, and get instructions on how to download our new District app.

Keeping our students, staff, and schools safe is of highest priority and the responsibility of everyone in our community. We are thankful for our partnerships with law enforcement and mental health professionals in this endeavor and thank you for your ongoing support to make our schools and your students as safe as possible.

Sincerely,
Gregory K. Adkins
Greg Adkins
Superintendent