Family Safety Pledge
Posted on 11/03/2019
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Roanoke City Public Schools’ top priority is student safety.  It takes parents, teachers, and students to keep our schools safe.  That is why we are sharing the Family Safety Pledge.  It has been sent home with students. 

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea and the City of Roanoke have engaged our community through the Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence.  The school system is encouraged by these conversations to combat gun violence and drug abuse.

Please read the pledge and discuss it with your children.  You are encouraged to sign the Pledge as a family and keep the document as a reference.  You can download the Family Safety Pledge.docx or read below:

Family Safety Pledge

School staff and teachers have been asked to secure our children’s safety in impossible circumstances. We honor and appreciate efforts the school system has made for student safety. Teachers and school staff across the country have died protecting our children from gunmen. Countless deaths are attributed to prescription drug overdoses. The growing epidemic of gun violence and prescription drug abuse is both terrifying and soul wrenching. We must acknowledge that most gun violence to children and teens happens in their homes and communities, outside their schools. While the schools have and continue to make every effort, our community is equally accountable and must take all measures possible to prevent both intentional and accidental deaths associated with the use of unsecured prescription drugs and firearms within the home.

THE GOAL OF THIS PLEDGE is to reduce the likelihood any student in this district – including those who may feel temporarily angry or suicidal - has access to firearms or prescription drugs. In taking this collective responsibility, we as a community are upholding our part to keep our children from being victims of gun violence and prescription drug overdose at school, at home, and in the wider community.

This is our pledge...

In acknowledgement of our shared community responsibility to keep any child in the RCPS district from endangering themselves or other children, we the parents and guardians of RCPS students pledge:

  • This is in accordance with a recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • To ensure that children will not have unsupervised access to firearms in our home. Unlocking mechanisms will only be available to parents and guardians. Any access to firearms in this household by children will be directly supervised by a trusted and responsible adult.
  • To keep any opioid, stimulant, or prescription drug stored in a locked cabinet/container. Unlocking mechanisms will only be available to the parents and guardians of the children in our home.


Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________ Date: ________________

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