School Safety Alert – Message from Dr. Dungee

School Safety Alert – Message from Dr. Dungee
Posted on 05/09/2024
School Safety Alert – Message from Dr. Dungee
Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to address a growing concern within our school community – the use of vaping devices and the intake of harmful substances among our students.  We must work together to ensure our children’s safety and well-being; let me outline the District’s position on this critical matter:

First and foremost, the District has a zero-tolerance policy regarding vaping and the use of other harmful substances.  We take these matters extremely seriously and will take appropriate disciplinary action if this policy is found to be violated.

Vaping and substance abuse pose significant health risks to young people; including addiction, lung damage, and other long-term health consequences.  Additionally, the presence of such substances in our school environment creates safety risks and undermines the positive and healthy environment we strive to establish and maintain.

To address these concerns, our school is committed to:

Education: We will continue to educate our students regarding the dangers of vaping and the use of harmful substances through assemblies, health classes, and guest speakers.  We encourage you to engage in open dialogues with your children concerning these risks at home.

Support: If your child is experiencing issues related to vaping or the use of harmful substances, we are here to help.  Our District offers counseling resources, and we encourage parents to contact their child’s principal or school counselor if they need support or guidance.

Collaboration: We believe addressing these issues requires a partnership among school staff, parents, guardians, and students.  We encourage you to be vigilant and to communicate with us if you notice any concerning behaviors or changes in your child’s demeanor. As we work to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all students, I ask for your cooperation and support.  If you have any questions or concerns or would like to discuss these matters further, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.

We appreciate your understanding and commitment to the safety and well-being of our school community.  We can and will create a positive and safe environment for all students to learn and to engage in their activities and pursuits found to be meaningful to them.

Sharon A. Dungee, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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