An open letter from the Melissa Independent School District to parents sent Monday morning, Dec. 17:

Dear Parents,

As this new school week begins, please know that Melissa ISD is focused on reinforcing a welcoming and caring environment for students. We understand that how we as adults react to tragedy in the world around us has a pointed impact on how our children react. We also understand our role in providing our children with every opportunity to move forward with healthy support and guidance.

It was a wonderful scene at McKillop Elementary this morning as members of the high school football team, the cheerleaders and Birdie enveloped our kids as they arrived to school. Older children caring and reaching out, coupled with younger children smiling and excited about the reception they received, was a wonderful way to start the week. Please know that we recognize our role in the Melissa family and will look for every opportunity to support and encourage all students.

We also know that recent news events may raise questions and result in conversations at home. We hope that the resources outlined below will prove helpful to you.

•  PBS Parents: Talking With Kids About News

•  Crisis Management Institute: Talking With Your Children About Sandy Hook Elementary

•  National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About Violence

Respectfully,

Jason Smith, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Texas Attorney General Confirms MISD Compliance with School Safety Reporting Requirements

Late in the day on Monday, Dec. 17, the Melissa Independent School District was notified that the Texas School Safety Center did not have Melissa ISD's most recent District Audit Report on file.

Knowing that all required safety and security audits had been completed and reported publicly, it became apparent that a short survey by the Texas School Safety Center was all that needed to be documented. As a result, on Tuesday, Dec. 18, district officials were able to access the reporting portal and successfully complete the process of filing Melissa ISD’s audit survey with the center.

This final step completes the process of documenting Melissa ISD’s compliance with state safety and security audit requirements. A copy of the survey report submitted to the Texas School Safety Center is publicly available for review on the district's website and can be viewed by clicking here.

The Texas Attorney General released a statement on Thursday confirming that the district is compliant with all Texas school safety reporting requirements. The Texas Attorney General news release lists all the school districts now compliant with the rules.

For more information, visit the Melissa ISD site at melissaisd.org.