JCPS superintendent discusses Florida shooting, school safety in letter
JEFFERSON CITY - Following the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the superintendent of Jefferson City Public Schools sent a letter to parents and staff.
In the letter, posted on the district's website and Facebook page, Superintendent Larry Linthacum discussed the matter of safety at Jefferson City schools.
Read the full letter below:
"Dear JCPS Parents and Staff,
"As a parent of children in our school district, the recent school shooting in Florida has been gut wrenching. The sadness of the reality of an event that happened 1300 miles away becomes real with the media coverage that brings it into our homes.
"As your school superintendent, I want you to know the safety of our children is the most important part of our jobs. I would like to thank our teachers, support staff and school administrators who play not only an important role in student safety, but also in helping students reach their potential every single day.
"As a school district, we are raising the bar in everything we do to become a premier school district in Missouri. This includes working together to ensure student safety. As a district, we are assessing and evaluating opportunities we have to ensure a safe learning environment for all students.
"For those students who are struggling with the recent events, we will offer support throughout the district. Our teachers, counselors and administration will seek age-appropriate opportunities to discuss school safety.
"I want to assure you that Jefferson City Public Schools has the safety and best interests of your child in mind at all times. As we work in conjunction with the Jefferson City Police Department, we will continue to work “Stronger Together” and we appreciate your partnership! Please keep the Broward County community, students, teachers, staff and parents in your thoughts and prayers.
"Thank you, as we are #StrongerTogether!
Larry Linthacum, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools"