Dear DUSD Families,
Yesterday we experienced another heartbreaking example of one of the most profound challenges we face in our schools and communities -- senseless school violence. Our hearts and condolences go out to the families, teachers, staff and community in Parkland, Florida (Broward County Public Schools).
I want to assure you that the safety of our students is our greatest priority. We have a close working relationship with our local public safety agencies, including the Dublin Police Department, Alameda County Sheriff's Office and the Alameda County Fire Department, to help our students and staff prepare for various types of emergency situations. Each campus conducts safety drills as part of their emergency planning and we are committed to offering additional resources to our students and staff going forward.
We realize that the tragic events in Florida also affect us here in Dublin. For students and families struggling to cope with the difficult news, we have school counselors available at each school site. I encourage you to reach out to our school personnel if you would like support or resources.
As with all events of this nature, we will study the event and response to see what lessons we can apply to our district. I can promise that we will continue to be reflective of how we can improve our preparedness, communication and emergency response. While we would never want our students to face such a devastating situation, we all must continue to partner so that we are prepared and practiced in keeping our school safe.
Dublin is a loving and caring community and we are blessed to be able to perform such an important role. Be assured that our commitment to the safety and well-being of your child is unquestionable.
We know that following a tragedy we often wonder what we could have done to prevent it from occurring. I encourage you to talk with your children. Listen to their concerns and questions. Protect them and help assure them that we care about them and their safety. I am confident that together all of Dublin will work to be proactive and safe.
Dr. Leslie Boozer