Mrs. Frances Penland
The mission of the District is to ensure the highest quality instruction for all students using methods that will show positive results and consistent gains in academic performance to the maximum of each students abilities. By involving the total school community, the District will equip students with the life skills of effective communications, problem-solving, technological literacy, job responsibility, and teamwork necessary for productive citizenship and leadership in our global society.
Letter to Connally ISD Families from the Superintendent
December 21, 2012
Connally ISD Families,
The week has been filled with deep sadness as well as anxiety following the tragic school shooting in Sandy Hook Connecticut. Unfortunately, as the shock lessened, some found power in perpetuating threats against schools across the nation. The Waco area was not spared.
Today you will have noticed additional security and increased supervision at our campuses and throughout the district. These measures were taken proactively by the leadership team to provide our students, staff, and visitors with the best security our resources can provide. In the case of unconfirmed threats, authorities advise against cancellation so as not to give control to the individuals who are looking for power over institutions and society at large.
Let me assure you that our team reviewed our emergency operating procedures upon returning to school this week. We periodically do this anyway, but we have reemphasized the importance of consistent review, re-evaluation, and practice. Nothing is failsafe. We saw that last week in Connecticut. As we identify weaknesses, we correct those immediately. Our plan is sound and passed audit by an outside agency last year. The safety of the children is our top priority.
As a parent and grandparent, I empathize with the anxiety you are feeling. As we strive to protect our children, we know the importance of normalcy in their lives. These are unsettling times, and we must prepare our children with confidence so they are not in a constant state of anxiety or fear while they remain aware of societal dangers. Again, the adults must provide normalcy and a sense of security for our children. It can be a difficult balance.
CISD thanks those of you who have brought concerns to our attention. We know you do this because you care. Please continue to be our partners as a Connally community for the sake of all students. Do not hesitate to contact us with any reports so they can be investigated immediately. Help us remind our students of the consequences of false reports but the necessity of telling adults of any threat rather than just talking about it among themselves. Lastly, PLEASE, monitor your child’s internet usage and social media. Nothing has ever replaced responsible adult supervision and guidance at home, at school, and in the community in raising our youth.
Respectfully and prayerfully,
Frances Penland, Superintendent