November 29, 2022
101 North Commercial Street Morgan, Utah 84050

Morgan School District responds to Texas school shooting

In lieu of the recent tragedy that struck Texas at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas leaving 19 students and two teachers dead from a shooting, Morgan School District Superintendent Doug Jacobs sent out a letter to the parents. In the letter Superintendent Jacobs acknowledged the heart breaking event at the Texas School shooting and how Morgan Schools have prepared if any such situation presents itself. 

Jacobs spoke on the constant work the district is doing in the schools to keep them safe. The school district conviens regular meetings to make sure they are continually looking at ways to make the campus more secure. Each of the schools in the district practice regular drills for safety including lockdown procedures that address situations like the one in Texas. Also, mentioned were improvements to the Morgan Elementary School’s security and the use of security cameras.  

Jacobs emphasized the importance of the community and how the united effort is needed now and in the future to keep the students safe. “If we see something, say something,” says Jacobs. As community awareness increases the more help that is available to those who need it and decrease the likelihood of such terrible tragedies. One of the resources mentioned is the SafeUT app for phones. SafeUT is an excellent place for one to reach out in case of a dire emergency like the Texas school shooting. The app is a safe and confidential place to talk with crisis counselors or report potential harm to the individual or someone else in that individual’s family, school, or city in Utah. On that app there is the option to submit a tip to their school, start a chat with a crisis counselor, or start a call with a crisis counselor.

The full text of Jacobs letter reads:

“I am sure that you have heard about the tragic shooting yesterday at an elementary school in Texas. On behalf of myself, the school board, and our Morgan County School District family, we are shocked and saddened by this horrific event.

Times like this remind us of the importance of community unity and of having each others’ backs. Ways that we, as a district, watch out for each other include our safety committee, which meets monthly to discuss preparedness for emergency situations. Our schools also have their own response plans, which they review regularly with their staff and practice, including lockdown procedures.

We also use the I Luv You Guys Standard Response Protocols, do regular drills, have security cameras installed throughout each building, and have improved security at Morgan Elementary School with the completed fence. We consistently look for ways to make our campuses more secure.

The biggest step is something that we can all do: if we see something, we should say something. 

We strongly encourage students, staff, parents, and community members to use the SafeUT App or contact a school counselor with concerns about students. Please contact the respective school’s office with concerns about other individuals on our campuses.

As we lean into our community with stronger unity, compassion, and kindness, we help each other to focus more on all the good things our Morgan County and our schools have to offer and to guard against this type of tragedy.”

Olivia Rees - Government Editor
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