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MCPS superintendent offers reassurance to parents, students

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MISSOULA - Missoula County Public School Superintendent Mark Thane has reaffirmed his commitment to keeping students and staff safe in the district in a message sent out to families on Wednesday.

The decision came after a special meeting on Tuesday night where the board talked about school safety in light of the Florida school shooting. Thane says while they may not be able to train for every scenario, they can learn how to react in the event of a shooting or other act of violence.

He also emphasized he wants students to understand that if they see something, they must say something, and be proactive.

"Preventing episodes of mass violence requires us all to be vigilant.  I commit to you that we will continue to work to improve the safety and security of our facilities; to train our staff through Active Resistance; and to tend to the social, emotional and behavioral needs of our students," Thane said in the phone message.

Thane says he believes the community can make a difference and encourages people to reach out to those who may need support.


Below is the full text of the message sent out to parents and students:

A message from MISSOULA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Good evening MCPS families:

Like many of you, I spent a significant amount of the weekend trying to assimilate the news of the tragic events which occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  My heart aches for the victims, their families and those whose life experience will be forever changed as a result of this tragedy.  As a nation we continue to experience shootings in our schools, our malls, our theaters and our concerts. As a community, we are all concerned as we witness these events.  I am sickened each time our nation revisits this issue.

Preventing episodes of mass violence requires us all to be vigilant.  I commit to you that we will continue to work to improve the safety and security of our facilities; to train our staff through Active Resistance; and to tend to the social, emotional and behavioral needs of our students.  

Although our staff and students may not be able to train for each and every scenario, we can and do train to understand parameters within which we might respond.  We can train to think and react if various situations present themselves.  We can encourage our students to understand  that if they see something they must say something.  Together, we can become more astute observers and we can become increasingly proactive in our thinking about the safety of students, staff and our community.

I encourage all of you to reach out to your children, family, neighbors and members of the community who may need support or affirmation.  I do believe that we have the collective capacity to be the difference in Missoula.  

Sincerely,

Mark Thane

Superintendent

Missoula County Public Schools


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