Last week, Toms River Regional Schools issued a letter to district staff, parents, and families offering assurances and reminders about school safety procedures. The district has collaborated with Toms River Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to release the following joint statement.

In the wake of last week’s tragic school shooting in Florida, Toms River Regional Schools and local law enforcement officials have continued to offer reassurances about the safety of their school campuses and to encourage vigilance at all times.

“It is paramount that the members of our entire school community continue to proactively work together to ensure a safe school environment and reinforce what we teach our students,” said Superintendent David Healy. “If you see something, say something.”

Local law enforcement agencies including the Toms River, South Toms River, Pine Beach, and Beachwood Police Departments, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office are in concert with school district officials to proactively plan and prepare to respond in a timely fashion to incidents that may affect safety, and will continue to make school safety and our children’s welfare our main priority.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato stated, “Ocean County Schools and Law Enforcement currently have implemented ‘state of the art’ High Tech School Mapping/Shooter Response Initiatives. Our partnership will continue to aggressively explore, reevaluate and institute proactive measures to restrict school access, protect the safety of our students and assure the security of our schools’ learning environment.”

Safety plans have been crafted for each of the district’s 18 schools, and those plans are reviewed annually. Each school conducts ongoing drills and simulated emergency exercises for students and staff, and this training is reviewed and modified as needed. Staff and students are also trained to speak up and report suspicious activity they see at school sites or other district locations.

“There is no greater partnership than that of Toms River School System and the police departments that support and serve the students, families and staff in our respective communities,” said Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little. “We are continually working together to provide the highest level of safety and security possible.”

Any parent or family member with concerns or questions about school safety procedures is encouraged to contact Toms River Regional Schools at 732-505-5500. Community members may contact Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150.