Letter to Gahanna-Jefferson Families

Posted: 10/3/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The safety of our students and the security of our schools is of the utmost importance to our district and to me. As many of you are aware, we had a situation yesterday involving a student who brought a handgun to school. A courageous GLHS student shared this information with a teacher, who in turn shared it with our administrative team and School Resource Officers.

We are proud of the student who came forward, of our staff at the high school, and of our School Resource Officers, who were able to contain the situation immediately. The student was in the custody of the police shortly after we learned he might be carrying a weapon.

To answer the most commonly asked questions we received over the last 24 hours, our team has prepared a list of FAQs. It is by no means an exhaustive list.

What happened is a reminder of why it is so important to encourage our students and our community to say something if they see or hear anything that is unsafe. In any incident we review known facts and determine our response; always with the immediate priority of first assuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Safety and security measures in our schools are continually evaluated and improved with the input of the Gahanna Police Department and the Mifflin Fire Department.

Gahanna is a special place where parents and community members care deeply for children, not just their own, but all children. The outpouring of support and care we received from not only high school parents, but also from parents of our elementary and middle school children, was very moving to all of us. We are a community that shares pain and concern together, which binds us and makes us stronger.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)



Sincerely,
Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

Letter to Gahanna-Jefferson Families

Posted: 10/3/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The safety of our students and the security of our schools is of the utmost importance to our district and to me. As many of you are aware, we had a situation yesterday involving a student who brought a handgun to school. A courageous GLHS student shared this information with a teacher, who in turn shared it with our administrative team and School Resource Officers.

We are proud of the student who came forward, of our staff at the high school, and of our School Resource Officers, who were able to contain the situation immediately. The student was in the custody of the police shortly after we learned he might be carrying a weapon.

To answer the most commonly asked questions we received over the last 24 hours, our team has prepared a list of FAQs. It is by no means an exhaustive list.

What happened is a reminder of why it is so important to encourage our students and our community to say something if they see or hear anything that is unsafe. In any incident we review known facts and determine our response; always with the immediate priority of first assuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Safety and security measures in our schools are continually evaluated and improved with the input of the Gahanna Police Department and the Mifflin Fire Department.

Gahanna is a special place where parents and community members care deeply for children, not just their own, but all children. The outpouring of support and care we received from not only high school parents, but also from parents of our elementary and middle school children, was very moving to all of us. We are a community that shares pain and concern together, which binds us and makes us stronger.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)



Sincerely,
Steve Barrett
Superintendent
Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools