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School Security

Dear Parents/Guardians, Teachers, and Staff:

Today’s terrifying event that occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, has been met with a great deal of fear, reflection, and questions regarding how to proceed. I am heartbroken, not only as a superintendent, but as a parent, for the senseless loss of life.  Unfortunately, school shootings are happening too often.  Many are asking, “What are our schools doing about this?”  I am confident the relationship and partnership between our schools and their local police departments is one that is highly committed to protecting our students and staff.  We have security measures in place that include visitor screening, visible police patrols both stationary and random, regular emergency drills, direct radio contact with school personnel, and routine meetings with local police and the office of emergency management.

Each day, we have police officers stationed inside our schools, patrolling and interacting with students on a daily basis.  As always, we thank our local police departments for their assistance in protecting our schools, and especially moving forward as they help ease our school community back into the feeling of safety and security we all deserve. 

We will continue to review and implement security measures to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening in our county schools. However, we cannot do it by ourselves. The security of our schools is a collaborative effort among all stakeholders.  As parents, we need to speak to our children and be vigilant of any signs that may bring harm to them or others.  In today’s world, these signs can be seen on social media, and too often, students are aware of potential issues that can be averted if they speak up. Contact school counselors and/or administrators to report any potential issues, so that we may intervene immediately.

Rest assured, we will continue to educate students, staff, and administrators to prevent, and if necessary, respond to emergencies through various trainings and monthly drills.  Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools, the associated Police Departments, and the Office of Emergency Management will continue to work together to review school emergency procedures and conduct collaborative drills.  Again, we are committed to the safety and security of all students and staff.

Should you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact my office.


Jorge E. Diaz