Dear Littleton Public Schools Parents/Guardians:
Since last week’s school shooting in Florida, schools across the nation including those in LPS are operating in a heightened and sensitive environment. This is exacerbated by the constant, and at times traumatizing, media coverage regarding school threats, violence, guns and safety.
As a result, schools including those here in LPS also have been experiencing a higher number of reports involving threats, jokes about school shootings and misunderstood conversations resulting in fear and disruption to normal school operations. Many of these are the result of students not thinking about the potential impact of their words or actions.
We take every report and concern very seriously and take all appropriate actions to ensure student safety. In light of the current climate, we need your help to make sure our students are aware and avoid potential consequences at school and in the community. Here are a few guiding points that may help parents talk to their children about these issues:
Please keep in mind that sometimes rumors can quickly spread through mainstream and social media while facts are still being determined. Our goal is to always communicate the facts directly to you as best we can and as soon as it is appropriate for us to do so, in partnership with law enforcement.
We encourage you and your child to talk directly to an adult at school with any concerns as this is the best and quickest way for us to assess and intervene. You can contact the LPS security department 24 hours a day at 303-347-3420. If the situation requires anonymity, use the Safe2Tell tip line, 1-877-542-7233 or www.safe2tell.org.
School remains the very best place for our students to be, and we appreciate your partnership as we continue to support LPS students.