News from the Superintendent

Posted: February 14, 2019

Supt's Letter to Families on Rio Rancho Active Shooter

"Thankfully, no one was injured, but many were scared, myself included," Supt. Reedy wrote.

Feb. 14, 2019

Dear APS Families,

As you may have heard by now, a student at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho fired a gun at school today. Thankfully, no one was injured, but many were scared, myself included. I worry about the Cleveland High students and staff who will be haunted by this incident, whose sense of security has been shaken. As soon as I heard the news, I called the superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools and let her know we stand ready to help. This includes sending our highly qualified crisis counselors to the school if needed.

I can’t help but worry about our own students as well.

Albuquerque Public Schools is committed to protecting our students and staff from harm, and we have taken many steps in recent months to improve our safety protocol. All of our schools have gone through active shooter training and drills. We no longer train students and staff to quietly hide in a locked room if someone with a gun is reported on campus. While each situation is unique, our continuous training emphasizes a much more active response, with a focus on evacuating the building and running from danger when possible.

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We have taken other steps to create safer schools as well including installing classroom locks, adding fencing and limiting entrance points. All of these efforts take time and money, but we are doing what we can to keep our campuses safe. 

I also am concerned about the emotional well-being of our students and staff. We are working to maintain as much normalcy as possible in the classroom while being sensitive to the needs of rattled students who fear that something like this could happen at their school.

We have resources available for them including school counselors. We have support available for staff, too, including the Employee Assistance Program. A helpful resource for families is the New Mexico Crisis and Access line, which you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-855-662-7474. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.  

Today is Valentine’s Day, a day of love. I love the students, staff, and families of Albuquerque Public Schools, and I pray for their safety, security, and happiness.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Raquel Reedy
Albuquerque Public Schools