FCPS Resources for Community Support in Response to the Connecticut Tragedy

Message to the Community (12/16/12)

In response to Friday's tragedy in Connecticut, the Fairfax County Police Department will be increasing patrols and visibility this week around all FCPS schools, including elementary schools. This is not in response to any specific threat but rather a police initiative to enhance safety and security around the schools and to help alleviate the understandably high levels of anxiety. Police patrols will be increased throughout the school day from the opening of schools to dismissal. As always, FCPS security personnel will also be patrolling our schools, focusing on elementary schools during the school day.

Counselors and mental health support for staff and students will be available at all schools beginning tomorrow. Please let a teacher, counselor, or principal know if you need assistance. In addition, resources for support are available at www.fcps.edu

There is nothing more important to us than providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students and employees. I want to assure you that we will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect them. 

Thanks to the Fairfax County Police Department and FCPS security personnel for their efforts.  Our thoughts remain with the children and families in Newtown.

Jack Dale

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Message to the Community (12/14/12)

In response to the recent tragic school shootings in Newtown, Conn., FCPS would like to share with parents and employees some of the safety procedures in place. Because of our proximity to the nation’s capital, FCPS has focused a great deal of attention to these procedures, and is vigilant about protecting the safety of its students and employees. The school division has spent considerable time and effort in planning and practicing safety and security measures appropriate for addressing a major critical incident. You are encouraged to review the Emergency Preparedness and Support website at http://www.fcps.edu/emergencyplan/index.shtml . Among these measures are:

  • Close coordination and emergency planning with Fairfax County police and fire departments.
  • Comprehensive division-wide crisis management plan.
  • Individual school crisis plans – updated within the last 12 months – that include evacuation, shelter-in-place, and parent reunification plans.
  • Employee training in crisis management and communication.
  • Strict visitor controls, including required employee and contractor IDs.
  • Door access technology to aid in visitor control for all elementary and middle schools.

In addition, we have Fairfax County police officers, as school resource officers, present in all secondary, high schools and middle schools; school-based security staffs in all secondary, high and middle schools; and uniformed security staff patrolling all elementary schools during regular school hours and all FCPS facilities after hours. While no methodology is fool-proof, FCPS is fortunate to be in an area where the school division and the county work together to take every precaution in the event of an emergency.

Our thoughts are with the families and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the residents of Newtown.



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December 21, 2012