In the days following a school shooting incident like the one that occurred in Parkland, Fla., there is a range of emotions that we all experience. We at Little Miami recognize that news of this incident reaches us in many different ways, and that that news causes many different reactions. When it comes to our students, we know that some worry about their own safety, about things they see on social media, and wonder if it could happen in their own school.
What parents and students need to know is that the staff and administrators at Little Miami take student safety very seriously. Our staff has been trained to deal with crisis situations and we have protocols in place should the unthinkable happen.
In the interest of security, we do not always provide complete details of our emergency processes, but parents should know that each building is required by the state to conduct at least six rapid dismissal drills during the school year. Also, three safety drills are conducted that involve either an active shooter or a lockdown scenario.
I might also add that as part of our safety measures, we have a full-time School Resource Officer in Hamilton Twp. Police Officer Shane Brandenberg. Officer Brandenberg plays a vital role on our staff not only at the high school but all of our school buildings. We also have a great relationship with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, police agencies from our other local municipalities and other first responders. They are vital to the success of our mission to provide a safe learning environment for our students.
But at times like this, knowing these things are in place is sometimes not enough to help students (and adults, in some cases) work through their concerns.
If one of our students is struggling with mental health issues, the district has support and counseling resources available. We have school counselors on staff, and we also have contracted therapists from Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers and Beech Acres Parenting Center available to work with students in need.
The subject of school shootings is difficult to share with children and teens. The National Association of School Psychologists has created a list of tips for parents and teachers on how to talk to children about violence. This article also provides links to additional resources.
In addition, students or parents who have other concerns which may jeopardize the safety of students, employees or school facilities, are asked to speak up and promptly report the issue using our district’s student/parent hotline – accessible both online and by telephone. A live attendant answers these calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will contact a district administrator immediately.
Options to report an issue:
- Call 1-866-listen2me (1-866-547-8362)and talk with a live attendant or leave a voice message.
- Go to our district website www.littlemiamischools.com and click on the “Report a Tip” link located on the district home page.
The safety and security of everyone who calls Little Miami home – our students, teachers and staff – remain a top priority and we thank you for your continued support of the work we do.