Statement from the League on STEM School Highlands Ranch
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
The unimaginable has happened yet again. As parents, teachers, administrators and champions of education, our hearts go out to all the victims of the senseless act of violence that affected the entire school community at STEM School Highlands Ranch. No student, family or community should ever have to experience the pain and fear that they experienced yesterday.
The Colorado League of Charter Schools is staying in close contact with STEM School staff, members of the Douglas County School District, and our partners. We have offered our full support as the school community grapples with yesterday’s events and begins the process of recovering and healing. While we all process this event, the League also is available to all our members to offer support or convene conversation on the issue of school violence. Let us all remember that this is a school safety issue — it affects all schools, not just charter schools and not just STEM School Highlands Ranch.
If you or your school community would like to pass along thoughts or condolences directly to the school, we are glad to gather them together and send them to the school at a later date when they aren't so overwhelmed. Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to us at Communications, 2696 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 250, Denver, CO, 80222 and we will make sure the school receives them.
Like all public school leaders, the League and our member schools are committed to ensuring that every student is able to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is an unwavering priority, and as such, we remain resolute in our belief that we must do all we can to create safe learning environments. Our children deserve it.