The tragic events at Douglas High School in Florida give us all reason to pause, reflect and question. We share in the grief of that community and offer our prayers for their recovery, resilience and restoration.
Safety is always at the forefront of our minds here in Cabarrus County Schools. We are committed to providing our students and staff with a safe learning and working environment. We work closely with our partners in law enforcement to investigate and assess threats to our school community. This partnership also provides us with the ability to have school resource officers in all of our schools, which we are extremely grateful to have.
Additionally, each of our schools has a current safety plan established, and our district conducts safety drills and additional training throughout the year to ensure that our staff and students know what to do in the event of an emergency or crisis situation.
Our district employs certified and trained counselors, psychologists and social workers who provide social and emotional support and counseling to students and connect them and their families with appropriate resources. If you are looking for resources to help you speak to your children about the recent spate of school shootings, visit our district’s School Health
We are deeply saddened by the tragic events at Douglas High School in Florida, and we are praying for the victims and their families, friends and that entire community. We will continue to do what we do every day here in Cabarrus County Schools to create a safe environment so that our staff and students can focus on teaching and learning.
In other news, I hope you heard about W.M. Irvin Elementary School’s wonderful surprise. The Chobani Foundation donated $100,000 to the school’s backpack program after hearing about the inspiring work of one of the school’s ESL teachers – Emily Francis, a former Cabarrus County Schools Teacher of the Year. Producers from the Ellen Show invited her to Los Angeles earlier this month for a featured segment, which is where she learned about the Chobani donation. Here’s a video clip
of her segment and the surprise announcement.
Our Board of Education
has approved the hiring of a demographics firm to lead a comprehensive boundary realignment project for the district. Work will soon be underway on this project, and we are looking for citizens to participate on the Realignment Committee. You can apply for membership on the committee beginning Monday, Feb. 19th through our district website. Applications will be accepted until April 8th. The BOE also is still accepting name suggestions
for the new elementary school until 5 p.m. on Feb. 23rd.
February is a month of celebrations. We continue to celebrate Black History Month, honoring the many contributions of African-Americans. We also celebrate Love the Bus Month and our school bus drivers who safely transport our students to and from school each day, as well as Career & Technical Education Month, which celebrates our CTE staff who work every day to prepare our students for careers after high school graduation. Our CTE programs encompass classroom learning, certification programs, work-based learning opportunities, and internships in a variety of fields, including information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing, hospitality and management and many more.
Thank you for your continued support of our school system, our students, and our staff.
Chris Lowder, Ed.D.