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Enhanced Police Presence on May 25, 2022

May 24, 2022

Dear District 109 Staff and Families,

The events of today in Uvalde, Texas, sicken and sadden all parents and educators alike. I deeply regret writing to you after yet another school tragedy, but I do so to reassure you that we have plans in place for tomorrow and each day.

We are in regular communication with the Deerfield Police and Fire Departments. The Deerfield Police Department has assured us that while they have received no specific calls of concern, we can expect heightened police visibility at dropoff tomorrow. We also regularly review emergency and crisis response plans with our students and staff.

Tomorrow, our school social workers and psychologists will be available to assist students or staff in need of additional support. If your child has questions regarding this or other incidents, you may find this article from the National Association of School Psychologists helpful. For our parents and staff, we encourage continued vigilance in ensuring our buildings are secure, students are monitored prior to release, and visitors are properly checked in at each of our school offices.

Deerfield 109 participates in Text-A-Tip, an anonymous helpline for students who find themselves or others struggling with abuse, depression, or other challenges they are facing. The service is staffed with local counselors and available 24/7 to support students and families who have a concern or a crisis. Visit https://www.communitytheantidrug.org/resources/text-a-tip/ to learn more about Text-A-Tip and access the app. Text 224HELP to 1-844-823-5323 for 24/7 counselor support.

Again, we would like to thank the Deerfield Police and Fire Departments for their ongoing support, collaboration, and assistance. I assure you that safety is our priority every day.

Sincerely,

Michael V. Simeck

Superintendent of Schools, DPS 109