Letter to Nordonia Parents following Parkland Tragedy
Dear Nordonia Families,

The Nordonia Hills City School District holds the safety of students and staff as its top priority.

As we learn more about yesterday’s horrific act of violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we naturally think about our preparedness for such an event here at home.

The Nordonia Schools crisis management team meets continually to review and practice safety plans, always preparing for events we pray never happen. We are grateful for our close relationship with all of the first responders in our multiple communities for their guidance and support in these efforts.

Even as we create and review emergency action plans, however, one thing is not lost on us: the single best way to prevent tragedies like yesterday’s is to create a school culture of love, caring, and trust. Our mission is to treat each student as if he or she were our own, to help our students develop character traits that emphasize empathy and inclusiveness, and to develop trusting relationships with students so they feel comfortable talking to an adult when they have concerns for themselves or others.

Parents, please remind your children that if they ever have any information about potential threats to school safety they should report their concerns to a school employee immediately so that the concern can be investigated thoroughly. You and your child also may call or text 1-844-SaferOH (1-844-723-3764). This tip line serves our community 24 hours a day, whenever a student or concerned adult senses a threat to student safety. The call center guarantees the anonymity of the person who calls or texts.

Together, we can best insure that the Nordonia Schools will maintain a safe environment, allowing us to focus on our students’ academic success!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Parkland community. Thank you for your continued support of the Nordonia Schools.



Joe Clark, Ph. D.


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