#SafeBravesPosted by Dr. Roosevelt Nivens on 2/15/2018
Hey there BraveNation. Today I would like to talk about a national issue that is of the utmost importance. Unfortunately, this is not my typical "happy/make learning fun" posts. My heart is broken for the families impacted from the shooting in Broward County, Florida. As a parent of two Braves myself, I can’t imagine anything worse happening. As your superintendent, I want you to know the safety and security of our students and staff is THE #1 priority of CISD. It’s so important, the board approved the creation of our very own CISD Police Department. In my 21-year career in education, I have learned there are very few instances where zero tolerance is appropriate. However, The safety and well-being of our students and staff is one of those instances.
I want to be very clear about the issue of safety. Anyone who makes claims or even jokes about causing harm or placing any of our students or staff in danger will be dealt with swiftly and to the full extent of the legal and school discipline systems.
We all want to be safe and secure and your help is needed. Therefore, I am asking that ALL parents and guardians help with the following:
- Speak with your children about the seriousness of this type of behavior. Even joking about school violence will not end well for any individual.
- If you, or your child, sees something then say something. You can report any concerning behavior or information using our online anonymous tip line at www.communityisd.org/tip), or to any CISD staff member.
- Since the creation of our CISD Police Department, we have implemented several more stringent safety procedures. One example you will notice is our visitor and student check out protocol on every campus I ask that you be patient with these new procedures when visiting your child’s campus and remember that the safety of our children depends on all of us doing our part.
When I am asked, what makes Community ISD such a special place, my first thought is the way we take care of one another. It will take an village to ensure our Braves are safe every day. I can’t stress enough how important it is that we all stay alert and remember “why” these procedures are in place. If you hear others complain about the security protocol, please gently remind them of the possible consequences if we do not implement these safety protocols. It is important that we all stay calm, be diligent and work together.
I know that you join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to the students, staff and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our hearts are broken for them.
I absolutely love being a Brave and love each of our Braves. Thank you for partnering with me to protect the safety of our students in their learning environment.