This evening we all learned about the heartbreaking tragedy in the small Texas town of Uvalde. We join in their grief over the senseless violence that has forever changed the fabric of that community; it is truly beyond comprehension. As we all attempt to process today’s events, please be assured that the safety and wellbeing of our school communities and worksites is top priority for Sarasota County Schools. Our district’s Safety & Security team and the Sarasota County Schools Police Department will remain steadfast in our efforts to keep our children and employees protected every day. We will be coordinating our SCS Police force and local law enforcement agencies to provide an enhanced presence on our school campuses. Additionally, we will have counselors and resources available as needed for these three remaining days of the school year. Any parent/guardian who feels it would be beneficial to have their child speak with a counselor, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school’s administration.