Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Superintendent's Message

The power of relationships

By Dennis L. Carpenter, Ed.D.

School safety has been on my mind in recent weeks as we follow the national debate on how best to protect our students and staff members from individuals determined to do harm. Our district has had a constant focus on safety and we are continuing this emphasis through ongoing discussions as well as safety and security enhancements.

The safety efforts in our schools are too numerous to mention in this brief column but they include measures such as staff training, student drills, secure entrances and school resource officers. To learn more about our district’s many safety-focused efforts, I would encourage you to also visit our safety webpage at LSR7 School Safety.

In this message, I want to emphasize what I believe is our schools’ most important tool when it comes to keeping students, employees and visitors safe — the power of relationships.

Our staff members have done an exemplary job of establishing relationships with our students that are built on trust and mutual respect. Thanks to these relationships, students and their families appear very willing to report concerns related to student safety within our schools. In several instances, information provided directly from students and parents has proven to be invaluable as we have investigated and addressed various situations.

As always, we are enormously grateful for our partnership with local law-enforcement and first responders. These dedicated police and fire officials are  quick to respond when we need assistance and always place our students’ safety first.

To further enhance our ability to learn of potentially troubling behaviors, our district offers a SafeSchools Alert system where anyone can anonymously report a tip. Look for the SafeSchools Alert red-and-white lifesaver on each school’s home page to report tips via text, e-mail, website or telephone.

We are continuing to have discussions with our employees, students and community members to determine how we can improve safety for students and staff while ensuring a caring environment within our schools.


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In accordance with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, P.L. 93-112, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the regulations thereunder, it is the policy of the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District that no person shall, because of age, sex, race, disability, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity of the District, including the employment of staff personnel. Written district policies concerning the rights and responsibilities of employees and students are available for inspection at the Stansberry Leadership Center (R-7 Administrative Offices), located at 301 NE Tudor. Inquiries by persons about their protection against discrimination under The Americans With Disabilities Act, Title IX, Title VI, or P.L. 93-112 and the Section 504 may be directed in writing or by telephone to: Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 301 NE Tudor Road Lee’s Summit, MO 64086 (816) 986-1000