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2-15-18 — Message from the Superintendent

Feb. 15, 2018

Dear Olathe Public School Staff and Families:

As we learn more about the devastating tragedy of the high school shooting in Florida, our hearts go out to the Parkland, Florida community during this unbelievably heartbreaking time. I want to reassure you that the safety and security of students and staff has been and will remain our top priority.

The painful reality is that no school district or public place can ever be completely immune from such senseless violence. While we cannot share all the details of our school safety plans, we believe it is important to share some of the more general and global safety measures that are in place. We are grateful for our community’s support that has allowed us to put these measures in place.

General Measures:

  • Strong partnership with local law enforcement and fire/rescue, including regular meetings for the purposes of threat assessment
  • Full time district Safety and Security Manager
  • District and building crisis manuals and plans
  • Specific safety protocols defined and articulated, including one for “an active shooter”
  • Crisis management team meetings and debriefs after all incidents
  • Blackboard public notification system
  • Regularly scheduled safety drills
  • Building plans/footprints shared with law enforcement and fire/rescue

Daily Process and Procedures: 

  • Alert and aware staff and administration
  • Active and engaged supervision
  • Strong relationships with students and families
  • Access control systems (locked doors) at all buildings
    • Secured buzzer double entry doors and safety “pinch” points at all district schools
  • District staff ID system
    • Secondary schools – student photo ID system
  • Internal and external surveillance cameras at all schools
  • Radio systems
    • A districtwide critical incident management and coordination system with public safety access
    • An on-campus activity monitoring and coordination system
  • School Resource Officers at the middle and high schools; officer support provided as needed at elementary schools
    • Each high school is additionally staffed with security guards
  • See Something, Say Something Campaign for students, staff and parents to report any concerns and suspicious activity
  • Tip Line via the district’s Mobile App that allows reporting (anonymous or not) that is directly handled by the Manager of Safety and Security and building administrator

Safety and security does not rest with an individual, a facility, or the district alone. Safety is everybody's responsibility. We all play a vital role in staying vigilant, aware, and reporting any concerns.

We are asking all staff and parents to remain engaged with our school safety and security measures. We want our schools to remain welcome and inviting places for all students and families, but please understand that some of our safety and security measures must continue to be a priority regardless of inconvenience. We know that you share in our concern and our focus on safety and security.

Thank you for your support. Please contact your principal with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

John Allison
Superintendent of the Olathe Public Schools