Date: March 9, 2018
To: Boyle County Schools Parents and Guardians
From: Mike LaFavers, Superintendent and Chris Holderman, Assistant Superintendent
Earlier this week, many of our high school students participated in a face-to-face, honest conversation with administrators about safety in our schools. These powerful conversations left us hopeful for the future and determined to identify and reinforce our efforts.
In addition to listening to our students, we have spent time meeting with safety officials, staff, parents and community members; and have begun to take steps to move forward. The below information outlines initiatives aimed at addressing many of the concerns voiced over the last few weeks. I encourage you to take a moment to review these district-wide safety updates.
A Safety Strategic Planning Committee has been established to evaluate our current procedures and develop a long-range plan to strengthen school safety. The committee will examine best practices in school security and related issues in mental health and preventative education. The plan will be finalized in early June and implemented over a two-year period.
Across the nation, schools have seen an increase in terroristic threats. If we receive information about a possible threat, school officials partner with law enforcement to immediately launch an investigation, identify and question suspects, and take action to protect the safety of our school community.
This week, we talked with our high school and middle school students to review the severity with which all threats are handled by Boyle County Schools. These consequences include:
We are asking for your assistance and support to help prevent threats towards our schools. Please discuss with your child the consequences of creating unnecessary fear in others.
We are continually working to improve communications, and every effort will be made to share accurate and appropriate information in a timely manner. Parents and guardians will be notified if a gun is found in the schools. If a threat were to be made to a specific student, the parents and guardians of the individuals involved would be contacted immediately.
Administrators may provide information at other times through a variety of communication channels. We place great emphasis on safeguarding the confidentiality of our students and will not use district communication systems to address rumors. Disciplinary and legal proceedings involving minors are private and cannot be shared.
Please contact an administrator directly by phone if you have information or questions regarding a safety concern.
We applaud all of our students, parents and staff for working together to make Boyle County Schools safer. We encourage students to make time to be kind to each other and to speak up if they see something that concerns them. Avenues for sharing concerns and reporting potential threats include:
Boyle County Schools is an extremely safe school district, but we are continuously striving to improve. Should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can extend our school safety efforts, please contact your child’s school administrators or call the Central Office at 859.236.6634.
Thank you for your continued support.