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Letter from the Superintendent to Parents & Guardians

Dear Fort Gibson Parents and Guardians,

Whenever we witness a senseless act of violence like the tragedy in Florida, it makes us all evaluate and review our safety and security procedures to make sure that we are doing all that we can to prevent a similar incident from happening in our district.
I wanted to take this opportunity to make you aware of safety initiatives and guidelines currently in place to protect students and staff. Our school safety strategy includes, but is not limited to:

  • Coordination and emergency planning with Fort Gibson police, fire, and safety officials, health department, highway patrol, sheriff, and EMSA.
  • Development of extensive “Crisis Plans” for each school, updated annually and including evacuation sites, shelter-in- place details and parent communication directives.
  • Utilization of a designated school safety coordinator and yearly review from safe school committees.
  • Secured entrances at schools.
  • A minimum of ten safety drills conducted during the school year, including lockdown and intruder drills
  • Utilization of interior and exterior digital cameras to monitor and record video surveillance images 24/7.
  • Ongoing safety training for employees.
  • Quick response from our local police, plus the recent addition of an armed school resource officer on campus.


What Can Parents/Guardians Do

  • Be sure that updated emergency contact information is on file in your child's school. This is particularly important if you have had a change in phone numbers.
  • Be sure the school has the current information about your caregiver.
  • Listen to your children and take their concerns seriously. If they “see something,” have them “say something.” If they overhear or observe (whether at school, an after-school event, or on social media) a student or former student threatening harm to themselves or others, please immediately report that information to law enforcement or a trusted adult.
  • Monitor your child's social media activity and report anything suspicious. In some school shootings, the suspect's social media accounts foreshadowed violent events.
  • When you are in our schools or at school events, be alert for individuals who do not belong. Report that information immediately to the school office or an administrator.
  • Instruct your child about how to reach you at all times.
  • Be sure your child knows what to do and where to go if there is an emergency and no one is at home.
  • Talk to your child about personal safety. Teach your child how to recognize danger signals.


What is next

Our prayers are with those who have been affected by these many tragedies and for the continued safety of our school.  We are researching new technologies in school safety, and we have plans in our upcoming bond issue (March 6th) to reconfigure the entry to our high school campus to restrict traffic flow during the school day.  There is also a plan to move the bus barn to a safer location by limiting traffic where the bus barn is currently located, and students are walking. 

Finally, we are continuing to develop mental health services to address the many issues and concerns that our kids face on a day to day basis. Our staff works hard to provide a loving environment that is structured and supportive. We have a great community that provides loving support and help to our kids and families that are in need.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have concerns.



Derald Glover

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