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posted Feb 16, 2018, 7:09 AM by Jennifer Swindler

Dear Wilmington School Families,


Our hearts go out to the community of Parkland, Florida.  In the wake of another horrific tragedy of a school shooting, our country is left grief stricken and with more questions about school safety.  School safety is on the forefront of our minds each and every day. They are for me as an educator and a parent.  During this tragic time, it is helpful to remember what we do as a school community to protect our children.


The Wilmington City School System uses the A.L.I.C.E. philosophy to rethink how we might respond with multiple safety situations, including an active shooter.  This involves training our staff in all school buildings.   A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.  It is training that encourages staff and students to respond with options for tactics in different situations.  


In addition to our A.L.I.C.E. training, we have installed MARCS radios in each building. These radios are state-of-the art wireless digital communication system that provide immediate contact with Ohio’s first responders and public safety providers.


The Wilmington Community is also supported by a strong relationship with our Clinton County Sheriff's Department and the Wilmington Police Department.  They are actively involved with our youth and are committed to protecting and serving our community.  


One of the most powerful ways to help keep our children safe is when parents, neighbors and students report concerns.  If a child sees or hears something during school or on the bus they should report this immediately to an adult in authority.  If someone sees a safety and/or mental health concern posted on social media, we recommend that they contact your local law enforcement.  Please do not hesitate to break the silence when you see someone in need or at risk.


Our school system is also partnered with Solutions counseling services.  This partnership provides our district with school based therapy.  There are several other counseling services available for families to connect to in our community.  We urge you to reach out to your pediatrician or one of these service agencies if your child is exhibiting signs of depression or anxiety.  Please contact your child’s principal or school counselor if you need assistance in finding help.


We know that we are stronger when we work together. This tragedy will test our Country's resilience.  It will challenge our government.  It will require us here at home to overcome our fears and remain vigilant in looking out for each other.  Safety of our children is our priority.  


Links to resources:

Wilmington.k12.oh.us/parents
Clinton County Community Action Resource Guide

link to Public School Works School Safety Hotline
Student Safety Reporting Online or call 1-866-listen2me (1-866-547-8362)



Sincerely,

M. McCarty-Stewart


Melinda McCarty-Stewart

WCS Superintendent