25 May District’s Statement on Texas Tragedy
The Phoenix Elementary School District is deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas on Tuesday. This tragedy is on the minds of many Americans today, and our deepest condolences are with the families of those who were impacted by this senseless act of violence, the school staff and students, and the entire Uvalde community.
Schools must be a place where students and staff feel safe and secure; and, Phoenix #1 has implemented the following safety measures at our campuses:
- The district has a safety plan that guides our schools and staff on how to deal with emergency situations; and schools conduct lockdown drills annually.
- Front offices were remodeled with enhanced safety features including the installation of ballistic glass in the reception areas and secured entry doors where guests must be granted access onto campuses.
- We partner with the Homeland Defense Bureau Threat Mitigation Unit to conduct safety audits at all campuses to improve safety and security.
- All guests visiting schools must enter the campuses through the front office, check-in, and receive a visitor’s sticker prior to entering campus.
- All employees wear district identification badges that easily identifies employees from visitors.
- We partner with the City of Phoenix and also have licensed social workers at every campus so children are emotionally safe, as well as physically safe.
While no amount of training can guarantee that a tragedy can be prevented, we are committed to doing everything we can to keep students and staff safe. We know that children will process this news in different ways, and we have school psychologists and social workers available to assist students who may need some extra support.
Please join us in keeping the students, staff, and families of Uvalde in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Dr. Larry Weeks