There is no cause for alarm.
Representatives from the Missouri State Highway Patrol have contacted our school district,
as well as many other school districts across Missouri, and requested permission to have
state troopers walk the halls during school hours. The patrol has also offered to perform
programs about general safety and various state laws as time permits during regular school
Our school was not chosen as a result of any study, safety concern or worry related to any
pre-existing safety problem. This is part of a statewide initiative by the Missouri State
Highway Patrol to increase the visibility of law enforcement in Missouri schools.
The benefit of this is two-fold; an added level of security for our children and the
opportunity for the student body to interact with state troopers in a positive learning
environment. Please keep this in mind as you may see highway patrol cars in the school
parking lots and your children may tell you about state troopers walking the hallways of
In closing, the purpose of this letter is merely to inform parents and guardians of our
student body about the initiative of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to have a more
visible presence in schools across Missouri. Our school has welcomed the presence of our
local state troopers, who are part of our community, and view this as an opportunity to
enhance the safety of our existing school safety plan.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free, to call or visit me at my office.
Dr. Heath Halley, Ed.D