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Message on Student Safety

Dear Medford School District Families and Staff:

We at the Medford School District (MSD) would like to express our deepest condolences to staff, students, families and community of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. All students and staff in our nation's schools deserve to feel safe while learning and teaching.

In light of this tragedy, we know many parents and community members might want additional information about how the Medford School District is ensuring the safety and security of our students and staff.

We have a strong partnership with the Medford Police Department (MPD), the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and local emergency managers. We have four full-time School Resource Officers dedicated to school safety. Our Director of Student Safety works with police and district administrators to train staff and students for emergencies. We conduct lockdown and lockout drills at every school multiple times per year. We are diligent in assessing the security of our buildings and areas for improvement.

This year, the MSD increased our investment in mental health supports for students. We have trained mental health counselors available for all students. If your student is struggling, please encourage them to take advantage of the resources we can provide them through school.

Tragedies like this event in Florida are certainly difficult to comprehend. Knowing what to say at home with your own children can be challenging. In times like these, talking things over openly, and of course, in an age-appropriate manner is helpful. I also know that as parents and family members, you will navigate this carefully and decide about doing what is best at home for your own children. Here is a good resource: http://centerforparentingeducation.org/…/when-disaster-str…/

As we learn more about what led up to this latest incident, we expect conversations to continue—nationally and locally—so that we can do everything possible to protect our students and staff.
 
Safety is our top priority, and the Medford School District will always work to provide a safe and supportive learning environment.

Sincerely,

Brian Shumate

Superintendent