Dear OPRF High School Families and Guardians,
As you may know, jury deliberations are underway in Chicago in the trial of Jason Van Dyke for the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald. The city is on high alert in anticipation of potential unrest when the verdict is issued.
Our crisis team met before school this morning in order to ensure that we are well prepared to protect the safety of all our students, staff, and visitors in the event the verdict is announced during the school day. We have several points to share with you:
Our campus safety staff has been and will remain in close contact with the Oak Park Police Department, which will deploy extra officers around the building.
I am meeting with various student leaders to establish lines of communication and ensure we are providing the appropriate supports that they need.
In the event of a student walkout, our goal is not to stop them. They have a right to peacefully protest. Our goal is to ensure that they are kept safe in the process.
Administrators and security staff will be monitoring hallways, exits, and the outside of the campus to ensure that students remain safe and peaceful. We have staff prepared to accompany students should they decide to march around or off the campus in protest.
Social workers and other Student Support Services are prepared to meet with students and offer support in several locations throughout the building. We also have provided talking points for faculty who may wish to have classroom discussions about the trial.
As always, our first priority is to protect the safety of all in our building. I thank you for your support of these efforts.