(Cincinnati) – Today, Cincinnati Public Schools’ Superintendent Laura Mitchell held a briefing to discuss school security protocols. Mitchell also sent the attached letter to all principals to send on to their staff and students.
Excerpted from the letter:
“Our country, once again, has been shaken by a devastating school shooting. We join our nation in mourning the lives lost in Florida, and our thoughts and prayers are with the students and families who were impacted.
As we work to understand how such violence can find its way into schools, I want to assure parents about the steps we are taking to keep students in our district safe. While no one can predict such a tragedy, we can make sure that we are fully prepared if such violence reaches our doorsteps.”
At the beginning of this school year, Mitchell launched a Safety Task Force that brings together experts from the Police Department, Fire Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security to develop strategies that enhance the CPS safety plan – using insights gained from the violent situations that have unfolded across the country in recent years, and ensure that students are safe each and every day.
The comprehensive CPS safety plan has been in place for several years, and includes School Resource Officers, background checks for visitors upon entry, controlled access to facilities, extensive emergency training of students and staff, frequent drills to practice safety measures, regular security audits, bag checks, and closed circuit monitoring through more than 4,000 digital cameras in our schools.
Additionally, CPS has in place:
- 14 School Resource Officers at each of our high schools, who are Cincinnati Police Officers;
- Over 90 security assistants working in our school buildings with our principals;
- Radio communication between those security assistants and safety officials;
- Mental health programs co-located at every school
- Monthly safety drills for students and staff, including active shooter drills.