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   Issue #8                                           SCPS Newsletter                                      October 27, 2017
From SCPS Superintendent - Dr. Walt Griffin
Dear SCPS Families,
Walt Griffin, Ed.D  
As we enter the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year, the first quarter of the year presented us with some challenges. I would like to give a sincere thank you to everyone for being patient and understanding before, during and after Hurricane Irma while decisions were being made about school closures. Our number one priority is safety and all the decisions relating to storm issues had safety and the statutory requirements as our top concern. There are also other factors we must consider when a storm is approaching, including turning schools into shelters, coordinating transportation for special needs and elderly Seminole County residents to and from the shelters and ensuring there is ample food for those seeking refuge at our schools. 

After the storms, our Facilities, Maintenance and Custodial teams worked tirelessly to ensure our schools were back in order for students and staff as quickly as possible. Facilities personnel were out as early as Monday afternoon, right after the hurricane moved north, surveying the damage at every school and worksite. Once the survey was complete, our maintenance teams went out and begin repairs as soon as possible. In addition, after the shelters closed, the custodial teams cleaned each of those schools from top to bottom to guarantee the schools were clean for when students and staff returned. 

After Hurricane Irma, our community came together again to help families and friends in Hurricane Maria's disastrous path through Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Island. Several of our schools and our ESOL department organized separate supply drives and the amount of support they received from residents was unbelievable. 

The School Board and I cannot thank you enough for all of your support, patience and understanding through the first few months of school. Our families, communities and employees seem to always find strength during difficult times. Let's keep this momentum going and continue working together to make this school year a great one .
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The Educational Equity Administrator for Seminole County Public Schools has the responsibility of assuring compliance with the educational equity requirements by providing technical expertise, monitoring activities or programs related to compliance, and responding to equity complaints. One of the responsibilities is to administer the Educational Equity Complaint/Grievance Procedures as adopted by the School Board.
It is the policy of the School Board of Seminole County, Florida, that no employee, student, or applicant shall - on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, age, religion, or any other basis prohibited by law - be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination and harassment under any educational programs, activities, or in any employment conditions, policies, or practices conducted by the District. Additionally, the School board of Seminole County provides equal access to public school facilities for the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups as required by 34 C.F.R. 108.6.
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