DCMO BOCES Statement on Texas School Shooting Tragedy
Never Again – While finding words to console the families of those who fell victims to the May 24th school shooting in Texas, DCMO BOCES also stands united in our message that this horror must stop. As an organization serving 16 component school districts we are constantly vigilant on any threats, suspicious activities, and dangerous behaviors at our campuses. Our safety plan, building safety teams, and administration and staff ensure a safe learning environment for our students. Safety is our utmost concern! Our buildings have Student Support teams that are vigilant in ensuring building safety. They meet on a regular basis with Administrators and student support services to discuss the needs of our students and preventative solutions for student success, including safety drills as they relate to our state-approved school safety plan.
DCMO BOCES has a comprehensive evaluation system that monitors students’ behavior constantly. Our alert system, communication system to collaborate with law enforcement agencies, and monitoring strategies connect everyone with our message; “If you see something - say something”.
DCMO BOCES has planned a Regional Safety Summit on August 1, 2022. We are taking the lead to bring regional collaboration and communications to develop a strategy to prevent and prepare for any emergency situation.
DCMO BOCES has an established safety plan in place, to maintain constant monitoring of any suspicious activities. Every day we continue to keep our buildings safe and our students protected in an established expectation of a safe learning environment. We will continue to be vigilant to that end.
As we move forward we will remember all of the staff and students who have been affected by the tragedy of school violence. The recent violence in Uvalde Texas is no different. School violence must stop and all of our students across our country must be safe!
Perry T Dewey, III
DCMO BOCES District Superintendent