The safety and security of our students and staff is our No. 1 priority.

Over the past 18 months, we have been working hard to enhance and improve safety and security throughout our District.

On Nov. 6, Election Day, the Dublin City Schools will not be in session in order to provide our staff with student safety training.

This will mark the second consecutive year the district has taken a day off school to provide safety training as we also took a day off school last year to bring in a special speaker and deliver student safety training to staff.

Later this month, we will begin the process of installing shatter resistant glass material at all of our schools and increasing video surveillance equipment.

This school year, we have established new building entrance protocols at each school's buzzer entry system.

We have also increased student mental health personnel this school year, adding two social workers, three guidance counselors and one substance abuse counselor.

We have eight social workers on our staff providing mental health support for students for as long as they need.

Part of the district's issue on the general election ballot on Nov. 6 would fund safety and security updates.

If the issue is approved by voters, we intend on doing even more.

Here are some planned safety and security enhancements.

* Three new schools will be added over the next three years and consequently we have requested two additional school resource officers in partnership with the Dublin police department.

* A digital check in system for school visitors.

* A door alarm system that alerts staff when an exterior door has been left open.

* Increased video camera presence in our schools and on our buses.

* Establishment of building level threat assessment teams.

Because student mental health is a high priority, we will be adding mental health services and professionals if the ballot issue is successful.

The district is committed to providing services that meet the needs of the whole child, which includes instruction and intervention in the area of mental health and wellness. Our services range from practices which promote healthy social and emotional development for all students (targeted curriculums to address suicide prevention, substance use, and mental health awareness) to direct services provided by counselors and master level social workers.

Early detection, identification and response to student mental health concerns is paramount.

We have embedded several concepts into our curriculum that aid us in identifying students who may need additional services.

These are carefully structured through student surveys, staff training on how to have critical conversations with students and get them the help they need, processes for student intervention and ongoing activities which raise student and parent awareness.

Over the past two years, the Greater Dublin Realty Association has donated more than $45,000 to the district for suicide prevention and intervention programs.

On Monday Sept.17, the association is hosting a golf outing at the Muirfield Country Club to raise funds for this cause. If you're interested in participating, you can contact Bill Briggs at Billbriggs@

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph. D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.