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Dear Grand Valley Families
Dr. William R. Nye Jr.
Monday, February 19, 2018

Dear Grand Valley Families,

At Grand Valley, our hearts go out to the families affected by the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

When tragedy like this happens, we reflect on our safety procedures at Grand Valley Local Schools.  We want our families to know that the safety of our students and staff is a high priority in our everyday business.

The Grand Valley Local Schools Safety Committee meets quarterly.  This committee includes staff, administration, parents and first responders.  In our last meeting, we reviewed our lock down procedures when we experience an unwanted intruder or active shooter.

Unfortunately, Grand Valley does not have a resource officer on campus due to funding limitations.  We do have a close relationship with our first responders, who continually provide their guidance and support.

In addition to safety practices, one of the main goals of our district is to build a culture of inclusion, collaboration, open-mindedness, respect, and inspiration, so every student feels safe and loved.  Our counselors are always available to talk to a student who may be struggling in some way.  Furthermore, all of our teachers and staff work to build positive relationships with students to provide them a safe place where they can share their thoughts or concerns.

As you talk to your child about the events in Florida, please remind them how important it is to say something if they see or hear anything that doesn't seem right.  If they have information about a potential threat, they should talk to a trusted adult.

Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Parkland community.  Thank you for your continued support of Grand Valley Local Schools.

Dr. William R. Nye Jr., Superintendent