Taking Further Steps in School Event Security

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Over the last two school years, I have already seen more shooting incidents around our Atlanta school community involving children than the rest of my other two superintendency tenures combined. It’s so disheartening but it also means we have to be more proactive to protect our students, parents and staff.

As a school district, we responded last year with the “APS United We Play” education campaign, an enhanced game management for sporting events at both Grady and Lakewood stadiums. This campaign, which continues through this football season, was designed to improve safety as well as game day experiences for the participants and the fans.

Another shooting incident this past weekend in a school parking lot while innocent athletes, band students and parents were trying to make their way home after a game raised enough concern for the board and me that we are increasing our safety and security measures for the rest of the season.

Throughout the district, our kids and families should never worry about being safe at school or at a school-sponsored event … during the school day or at any time. Further, our children shouldn’t have to look over their shoulder when they are in their communities.

I cannot express enough my gratitude to the staff and parents who rallied around the kids at Mays to ensure that they were protected and safe. But these incidents show that we must be a school district that stretches harder to be leaders who will protect its children. Because of the world we live in, we must take even more precautions.

We only have so much in resources, so we have created a real-time, stop-gap approach for more security until we complete budgeting for Fiscal Year 2018. These are our additional steps:

  1. We will assign security to our teams and bands to and from games both at our own stadiums and outside of the district for away games.
  2. We will provide security coverage at school parking lots for when the teams and bands return. The officers will remain until everyone has left the property safely.
  3. We will provide coverage for parents and caregivers waiting for their children at the school parking lots.

We will find a way to manage the costs of the additional security to support the real-time adjustments necessary to cover the costs.

There are many community ills that extend beyond our school properties and spill onto our schools. As such, we could, indeed, work to prevent these incidents through proactive efforts. We may have the opportunity to be so when we have our budget conversations on unfunded components of transformation.

It’s something we must consider, and I look forward to identifying ways to ensure stronger safety and security investments as we prepare for FY18.

#APSUnitedWePlay

 

A Successful School Year for Our Scholar Athletes

Our APS Athletics Director Jasper Jewell just gave me some incredible news about the district’s scholar-athletes.  45 APS teams and athletes advanced this school year to state playoffs!  This is a tremendous accomplishment for our athletes and coaches.  Mr. Jewell says that in his five years in APS, he has never experienced this much success across all sports.

From academics to athletics, our students are soaring to new heights.  Check out the full list below!

APS 2014-2015 Playoff Teams

Fall Sports

Cross Country

  • Grady Boys and Girls- Advanced to the State/ Girls finished 10th, Boys finished 12th
  • Douglass Boys- Advanced to the State
  • North Atlanta Boys and Girls- Advanced to the State

 

Competitive Cheerleading

  • Mays- Region 6AAAAA Champions/ Finished 13thoverall in Class AAAAA State Competition
  • Douglass- Advanced to the State
  • Grady Coed- Advanced to the State

Football

  • Mays- Class AAAAA State Runner Up
  • Carver- Advanced to the State AAAAA Playoffs
  • Maynard Jackson- Advanced to the State AAA Playoffs/ First Time in School History


Volleyball

  • Maynard Jackson- Area 3AAA Champions/ Advanced to the state playoffs
  • Grady- Advanced to the State AAAA Playoffs
  • South Atlanta- Advanced to the State AAA Playoffs 

Winter Sports

Swimming

  • North Atlanta- Finished 7thin Class AAAAA State Competition
  • Grady- Advanced to the State AAAA Swim Competition

Basketball

  • Mays Girls- Region 6AAAAA Champions/ Class AAAAA State Runner Up
  • South Atlanta Boys- Region 4AAA Champions/ Advanced to the Elite 8 in Class AAA
  • North Atlanta Boys- Region 7AAAAA Champions/ Advanced to the State AAAAA Playoffs
  • Grady- Boys- Advanced to the State AAAA Playoffs
  • South Atlanta Girls- Region 4AAA Runner Up/ Advanced to the State AAA Playoffs
  • Douglass Girls- Advanced to the State AAA Playoffs
  • Mays Boys- Advanced to the State AAAAA Playoffs

Wrestling

  • ·        Therrell- Dexter Brown- State Qualifier

Spring Sports

Tennis

  • Mays Girls- Advanced to the AAAAA State Playoffs
  • Therrell Girls- Advanced to the AAA State Playoffs
  • Grady Boys and Girls- Advanced to the AAAA State Playoffs
  • Drew Charter- Region 5A Champions/ Class A State Runner Up

 

Soccer

  • North Atlanta Girls- Region 7AAAAA Champions/ Advanced to the state semi-finals in AAAAA
  • Grady Boys and Girls- Advanced to the AAAAA state playoffs

 

 

Track and Field

  • Maynard Jackson Girls- Region 4AAA Champions/ Advanced to the State
  • Grady Boys- Region 6AAAA Champions/ Advanced to the State
  • Mays Girls- Advanced to the state meet
  • Douglass Girls- Advanced to the state meet
  • Douglass Boys- Armani Williams- Advance to the state in the AAA long jump
  • Carver Girls- Advanced to the state meet
  • North Atlanta Girls- Chloe Tillis/ 100 meter hurdles and Zamir Steed/ triple jump advanced to the state meet
  • CSK- Keiyanna Sealy – Advanced to the state in the 800 meters
  • BEST Boys- Advanced to the state meet
  • Therrell Boys- Dexter Brown advanced to the state meet in Shot Put
  • Jackson Boys- Advanced to the state playoffs
  • North Atlanta Boys- Julius Washington- Advanced to the state playoff in the 400 meters
  • Grady Boys- Region 6AAAA Champions/ Advanced to the state Meet
  • Mays Boys- Advanced to the state meet
  • Jackson Boys- Advanced to the state meet

 

Baseball

  • Mays- finished- 4thin Region 6AAAAA- Advanced to the state playoffs

 

Golf

  • North Atlanta- Advanced to the state meet