Like you, I am devastated by the tragic events that unfolded in Florida yesterday. No child, parent, educator, family, or community member should ever have to equate being at school with being in peril. Although there is no escaping the fact that there was a horrific school shooting yesterday, it is imperative that we not allow this harrowing and wholly unacceptable action to overshadow the power that we have as a community to keep our schools safe.
As your Superintendent, I want to assure you that there is no responsibility that I take more seriously than keeping our students and staff members safe. As such, the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township’s security plan is embedded in daily practice and serves as a model for school safety planning. We are also fortunate to have our own police department housed at Pike High School, and enjoy a great working relationship with other local authorities, including IMPD and Homeland Security. In addition to the precautions we have taken to make our school buildings and facilities as safe as possible, we actively work to ensure that our students know that they are loved, supported, and valued members of their school communities. Our educators genuinely care about the wellbeing of the children they serve and we have counselors in place to address the social and emotional needs of our students. Furthermore, we strive to work closely with our families to address concerns as they arise.
In closing, I would like to reassure you that we will continue to do everything possible to keep our Pike Family safe. I encourage you to let us know if someone you know is in need of support, and ask that you join me in extending your love and sympathies to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community.
Dr. Flora J. Reichanadter
Superintendent of Schools