top of page

District Addresses School Safety in Wake of Recent Tragedy

Earlier this week, in an email to parents, Director of Schools Dr. Cathy Beck addressed The Covenant School shooting:

As we return to school on Monday following spring break, we continue to deeply grieve for those who lost loved ones last week in the horrific shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville.

We want to assure you that the safety of our students and staff is one of our top priorities.

We have many items and practices in place to increase safety in our schools, including routine active shooter drills for both students and staff, controlled access to our buildings, armed School Resource Officers, and a vigorous partnership with the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office.

We have been fortunate to have an SRO in every school since 2018. Through our partnership with the Sheriff’s Office, we have strengthened our security measures to help prevent and respond to any crisis.

Every school year, school administrators and local law enforcement conduct a school safety assessment that is submitted to the state. This assessment helps the school safety team update the school’s Emergency Operation Plan (EOP). The EOP is used to guide staff members when there is an emergency at a school. These plans, under state law, are not shared with the public.

School safety and security is an ever-evolving and never-ending process, and it requires attention each and every day. The Sheriff’s Office and our district leadership team constantly review and evaluate any and all hazards that may threaten our schools in order to bring any additional training, technology and materials that are needed to mitigate the threat.

The shooting last week at The Covenant School might be especially difficult for children to process. There are counselors in every school to support students, families and staff. They are available if assistance is needed.

Additionally, we want to remind parents to be vigilant in their children's lives to help us be prepared for any and all situations.

We have an e-mail tip line that enhances the safety and welfare of our students and staff. If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in one of our schools, they can provide that information to school officials by sending an e-mail to

When making your report, please include as much detailed information as possible because doing so will greatly assist school administrators in investigating and addressing the concerns. This is not a two-way method of communication. For immediate emergency situations, please call 911.


bottom of page