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    August 29, 2018

    In our continuing efforts to add layers of security to our school campuses, backpacks, cinch bags, and other large bags are no longer permitted inside CCPS sporting venues, including high school stadiums and gymnasiums. An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection. This security enhancement is effective immediately and will impact this week’s games.

    In addition, we have increased security patrols at our upcoming games and competitions. Thank you for your understanding and continued support to help keep our students, staff, and community safe.


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    August 15, 2018

    The front office doors at all 50 Collier County Public Schools campuses will be locked.

    Please take a moment to watch this tutorial video to become familiar with our new entrance procedures.

    Guests should plan to arrive at our schools a few minutes earlier to expedite their visit. Prioritizing student and staff safety is a commitment we all share. We believe this security enhancement will make every CCPS campus more secure.


Our Doors Are Locked for Safety

Our Doors Are Locked for Safety - Spanish

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Dr. Kamela Patton and Sheriff Kevin Rambosk - April 11, 2018

  • CCPS Safety Update #5 (spanish) (creole)
    April 11, 2018

    Collier County Public Schools and Collier County Sheriff's Office Announce School Security Enhancements

    Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to providing a safe environment in our District. I am writing to share with you the most recent CCPS Safety Update that is being sent to parents/guardians, volunteers, and the community. Through ongoing discussions and security process reviews with our law enforcement partners and our district leadership team, we have concluded that an additional layer of security should be our next security enhancement to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and guests at all of our schools.

    We will be locking the front doors of the schools during the day as an additional layer of security. This change will be phased in and put in place at all schools by the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Each school will receive an access control device prior to the door being locked. As each new system is installed, schools will begin notifying staff, parents, volunteers, and community members prior to locking the door. This is an enhancement to the existing visitor screening procedures currently in place.

    • Guests arriving on campus will request access using the access control device next to the school front door.
    • When the front office staff answers, the guest will be asked for their name, and the reason for their visit, which may include their child’s name.
    • All visitors will be asked to display photo identification to the camera.
    • Once approved and granted access, our guests will again present photo identification and will receive a visitor’s pass using the existing visitor screening system.
    • We will be producing videos to demonstrate and to further explain the new entry procedures.

    Again, our goal is to add another layer of security and have the front doors locked at all schools by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. Your principal will let you know well in advance of the doors being locked. Guests should plan to arrive at our schools earlier to expedite their visit.

    Prioritizing student and staff safety is a commitment we all share. There have been many challenges this year and we continue to meet them together. Please contact your child’s principal with any questions. Thank you again for your continued support in keeping our students and staff members safe and secure.

    Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    February 21, 2018

    We are aware of a social media post that referenced Gulf Coast High School and Palmetto Ridge High School that is causing concern. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating this post. They are working to identify the source of the post. We continue to have an enhanced law enforcement presence on all CCPS school campuses. School safety remains our top priority. If you see something of concern, please don’t spread it, report it.

    CCPS Safety Update #4
    February 20, 2018

    Collier County Public Schools and Collier County Law Enforcement agencies launch “See It? Say It! Don’t Spread It, Report It” safety campaign

    Keeping Collier County Public Schools safe is everyone’s business. False information on social media or online rumors can cause further fear or concern. DON'T SPREAD IT, REPORT IT!

    We need students, staff, parents, and community members to remain vigilant in identifying any potential school safety threats. In an effort to expedite reporting of suspicious activity, we are launching the "KEEP COLLIER SAFE" initiative .

    If you see something suspicious in person or online, whether it be written or verbal, please make sure you say something. Most importantly, if you see something that concerns you or looks like a possible threat of school violence, please report it. No concern is too small.

    On Collier County Public Schools' "KEEP COLLIER SAFE" webpage (, you can click the REPORT IT button and send your tip directly to law enforcement. You will also find videos that have 10 tips for parents on keeping their kids safe on social media, and 7 tips for students to stay safe on social media. We have also provided a section that includes resources to help talk to your child about violence.

    Parents, please check what your students are bringing to school and monitor student communications and social media accounts (for example: Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook).

    The best defense against school violence is heightened awareness and vigilance by all. If you See It? Say It! Don't Spread It, Report It!

    Thank you.

    Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

    CCPS Safety Update #3
    February 18, 2018

    CCSO, CCPS  and Collier Law Enforcement Agencies Announce Enhanced Safety Plan

    Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, along with Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and campus police of Florida SouthWestern State College and their respective staffs continued to work over the weekend to develop an enhanced school safety plan to help everyone feel safe when they return to class Monday morning.

    This is in addition to enhancements that were put into place in Collier County schools immediately after Wednesday’s school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County and is in addition to the long-standing partnership between CCPS and CCSO that has kept our schools safe for many years.

    All Collier County public schools will have at least one Youth Relations Bureau deputy assigned to it full time and these assignments will be reassessed regularly and incorporated into strategic staffing plans in upcoming budgets.  In addition, there will be increased law enforcement visibility at all public, private and charter schools as well as on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

    The Collier County Sheriff’s Office still has open and active investigations relating to the social media posts, statements and threats made recently relating to our schools. CCSO takes these investigations very seriously. The students involved in the incidents that are under investigation have been removed from school pending the outcome of the investigations and are under law enforcement observation.

    It is especially important for everyone in the community to report suspicious or unusual activity to law enforcement. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

    We will make additional safety updates for our community as information comes available.

    Also, students should be aware that making threats, even over social media, can result in serious consequences including arrest and we ask that parents have this very important discussion with their kids.

    Kamela Patton, Ph.D. 
    Collier County Public Schools

    CCPS Safety Update #2
    February 16, 2018

    We are mindful of the difficult events that have unfolded over the last few days. The safety of our students and staff remains a top priority of the District and all threats are taken seriously and immediately investigated. We remain in constant communication with our law enforcement partners to make sure each student and staff member remains safe. All threats, verbal, written, and electronic (for example, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter), are immediately reported to law enforcement. We cannot provide information regarding individual incidents pertaining to student discipline and placement since it is part of the academic record which is protectable from disclosure under Federal and State law.

    Please know that teachers, counselors, and administrators at schools are available to support students. Students should reach out to an adult with any questions or concerns. We need the collective support of parents and other caring adults in students’ lives to monitor their written and electronic communications. We encourage students, parents, and the entire community to be proactive in keeping our children safe. “If You See Something, Say Something.” No concern is too small. Please remind your children of this message as we do in school. For more resources on how to support children, particularly at times like this, please click here to visit our CCPS Safety Information page.

    Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
    Collier County Public Schools

    CCPS Safety Update #1
    February 14, 2018

    We were deeply saddened to hear the news of the school shooting today at a Broward County school and our thoughts are with the entire community. The safety of our students is always a high priority in our District. We take seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of your child every day.

    In partnership with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, there will be an increased level of law enforcement visibility in addition to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office safety plan that is in place throughout the school year. Deputies continually train and are prepared to respond to any situation they may encounter.

    As we learn more details about this tragic incident in the hours and days ahead, we would like to provide some resources that may be of help in talking with your children and helping them cope with this news. For your reference is a list of tips from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) about what parents can do in times like this:

    1. Reassure children that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. Validate their feelings.Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy occurs. Let children talk about their feelings, help put them into perspective, and assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.

    2. Make time to talk. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. Be patient. Children and youth do not always talk about their feelings readily.

    3. Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.

    • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them.

    • Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools.

    • Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs.

    4. Review safety procedures. This should include procedures and safeguards at school and at home. Help children identify at least one adult at school and in the community to whom they go if they feel threatened or at risk.

    5. Observe children’s emotional state. Some children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort. In most children, these symptoms will ease with reassurance and time. However, some children may be at risk for more intense reactions. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.

    6. Limit television viewing of these events. Limit television viewing and be aware if the television is on in common areas. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be mindful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers, and limit their exposure to vengeful, hateful, and angry comments that might be misunderstood.

    7. Maintain a normal routine. Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promote physical health.Ensure that children get plenty of sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Encourage them to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

    If you think your child needs counseling support in dealing with this tragedy or if you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor or school principal.

    Sheriff Rambosk and I feel the public can help keep schools safe by reporting any suspicious or unusual activity to law enforcement. Anyone with information should call 239-252-9300 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.


    Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
    Collier County Public Schools

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    Click the "REPORT IT" button to report suspicious activity or threats to the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can also:

    • Call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300
    • Submit a tip via FortifyFL App
    • Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477

    We need students, staff, parents, and community members to have heightened awareness and be vigilant of recognizing potential threats. If you see something that concerns you or looks like a possible threat of school violence, please report it. No concern is too small.

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