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Superintendent letter: VISD is working to keep students safe in school

By Victoria Advocate
Dec. 18, 2012 at 6:18 a.m.
Updated Dec. 19, 2012 at 6:19 a.m.

Robert Jaklich

The following letter is a notice sent to the home of every child in the Victoria Independent School District.

Dear Victoria Parent:

In the Victoria Independent School District, we join our nation in expressing our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There are no words that can adequately describe this senseless and unfathomable event as we all try to grapple with this tragedy.

As Superintendent of Schools, I want to assure you that the VISD takes all issues regarding school safety very seriously, and we will continue to pursue all necessary steps to ensure the security of our campuses as well as our central and satellite offices. Our main focus is to be prepared for any potential emergency. During the 2010-11 school year, safety audits of our schools were conducted by the Center for Safe and Secure Schools as authorized by the Texas Education Agency. The audit team members reviewed safety and security conditions, interviewed personnel, studied pertinent records and documents and evaluated emergency management training, programs, procedures and initiatives. The results of the audit were studied carefully, presented to the Board of Trustees and the recommendations were then implemented.

We also have School Resource Officers in our secondary schools as a wonderful partnership with the Victoria Sheriff's Office. Furthermore, we have a sergeant that oversees all the needs of our campuses and school district facilities.

As we move forward in the upcoming weeks, we will continue to focus on achieving excellence for all students while remaining sensitive to the concerns and/or questions of our students. Our guidance counselors and school support staff will always be available as needed and the overall success of every student will remain our number one priority. Winston Churchill once stated, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire school district, thank you for entrusting us with your children and for all that you do to make the VISD such a special place to be.

Sincerely,

Robert Jaklich, Superintendent of Schools

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