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Dear FSSD School Community,
Since the profoundly tragic events of last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been significant discussion about school security in the FSSD and all school districts around the country.
The FSSD has detailed security plans and protocols in place and emergency drills are practiced to appropriately respond if the need arises. Now our focus will be improvements of those plans and opportunities to provide additional deterrents in our utmost efforts to keep our children, employees and visitors safe.
We are fortunate to have a viable partnership with the Franklin Police Department. Chief David Rahinsky, with the support of City Administrator Eric Stuckey and Franklin Mayor, Dr. Ken Moore, has directed officers to increase their presence in and around our schools. Dialogue on how to increase existing partnerships and best protect our community's children continues to be a top priority. Chief Rahinsky said, "The tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, are a solemn reminder of the importance of our united commitment to keeping classrooms safe." Mayor Moore continued, "Parents will continue to see an increased presence of our police force at our schools." We are appreciative of the support all of our schools receive from city and county government agencies as well as the law enforcement community.
Schools, by their very nature, are fragile environments where innocence, goodness and love prevail, so when evil visits we are all saddened and shocked. We will continue to pray for the families of the victims at Sandy Hook School, the surviving children, parents, faculty and staff, who are left with such immense grief, and the entire community of Newtown.
We can assure the citizens of this area that we, collectively, will continue to focus on providing the most safe and secure environment possible for all students, employees and visitors.
David L. Snowden, Ph. D.
Director of Schools
Franklin Special School District