Letter to the Community from Dr. Saelens

Dear Community:

Wednesday afternoon's deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, has continued to shake all of us.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, school employees, and all those impacted by this senseless tragedy.  At the same time, this has caused everyone to increase their level of concern for the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff while at school.

The safety of our students and staff is now and always has been our number one priority.  We are fortunate to have strong partnerships with all local law enforcement agencies, led by the Caroline County Sheriff's Office. We work together closely to ensure we are doing everything practical to provide a safe, secure learning environment.  

However, yesterday's events only reinforce the necessity of doing all that we can to be prepared. We will continue to make our school safety initiatives our most important priority as we assess current practices and consider other measures. 

I ask that as members of the community, we all continue to foster open lines of communication and promote the concept of "see something, say something" which is a critical component of maintaining safety in our schools and in our communities. Rest assured, administrators and law enforcement do not mind looking into an issue which ultimately turns out to be unfounded. 

Throughout this difficult time, I ask that you please continue to keep all of those impacted in your thoughts and prayers.


Patricia Saelens, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Caroline County Public Schools