Student Safety on Medford School CampusesWednesday, December 19, 2012
An Open Letter to Parents and to Others Concerned About Student Safety in Our Schools
Dear Parents of Students in the Medford School District,
While many of us are still reflecting on the senseless violence in Connecticut, some rumors have been surfacing in our district and in other school districts of possible threatening behavior at one or more U.S public schools. In the past five days we have noticed a significant increase in discussions and comments through various social media networks about these rumors. This is causing concern by students and parents.
Please know we take seriously any threat of potential violence on our campuses. We have been working with the Medford Police Department to find the source of those threats that are allegedly directed at our secondary schools. Our employees have taken steps to increase security measures, including extra attention to changes in student behavior and a districtwide review of crisis procedures. In addition, the Police Department has stepped up its presence in and around all of our schools.
Working in cooperation with the police, we have determined that our schools remain safe places for students. With that in mind, each school is scheduled for full days of instruction through the end of the week.
I want to thank the parents and students who have been sharing with us the email and Facebook messages that are discussing such threats. If your student has expressed any anxiety about attending school for the rest of this week, please talk with him or her to find out the basis of this fear. Let your school principal or counselor, or your studentís teacher know if your student is expressing unusual anxiety or is aware of threatening behavior directed at schools.
We are committed to helping educate your students while keeping them safe.
Phil Long, Superintendent