Parent Communication regarding the Connecticut Tragedy

Dear Detroit Public Schools Parents & Guardians,

In light of the tragic events in Connecticut last week, Detroit Public Schools would like to reassure you that we have numerous security protocols in place designed to keep the students and staff of the district safe in our 100 schools throughout the city.

We also want to assure you that our Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD), which is the only dedicated public safety force for a school system in Michigan, is well prepared to handle any emergency. Led by Chief Rod Grimes, the Department has strong partnerships with not only the Detroit Police and Fire Departments, but also Michigan State Police, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, and several key federal law enforcement agencies that can assist us at a moment’s notice.

In addition, DPSPD has worked with each of our schools to review and refine their individual safety plans, which our building administrators and staff follow diligently.

While we know that this type of situation is difficult for adults to understand, for our children it is even more difficult. To assist our students in dealing with this situation, beginning on Monday, the district will have teams of counselors, social workers and psychologists – all of whom are trained to handle the aftermath of emotions in response to crisis situations – available in our schools.

We would also like to provide you with the attached handout as a resource to help you talk with your child about the tragedy.

The safety and security of your children and our staff is a top priority for Detroit Public Schools. We will do everything within our power to ensure that there is a safe and secure learning environment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the principal of your child’s school. Also available is our crisis hotline, 313.240.4377, which will have qualified counselors and social workers available to answer your questions.

Thank you.

Detroit Public Schools Leadership

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