Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation clarify and offer information about Ronald Reagan Doral / Senior High.
PARKS AND POLICE 4 KIDS FOUNDATION RESPONSE TO THE ARTICLE
PRINTED IN THE DORAL NEWS REGARDING RONALD REAGAN DORAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL – SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
By Jeneissy Azcuy,
Secretary Of Parks and Police 4 Kids
In response to an article that was published by Doral News regarding Ronald Reagan Doral High School, the Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation would like to clarify and offer information to the media that was not included in the article.
The article claims that there is rampant sale of drugs, theft, bullying and sex in the bathrooms inside Ronald Reagan High School. The sources of this information are “anonymous” parents who were told by their children that these activities were going on. Only one parent is named in the article.
The Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation held its last meeting on May 10th and a group of parents and students attended the meeting and voiced their anger, disappointment and sadness regarding the article, which they feel has tarnished the reputation of an otherwise stellar school and community with misleading information; therefore, Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation would like to share facts with the community of Doral regarding safety, security, parent participation and community participation at RRDSH to prevent, educate and impact the students.
SAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES AT RONALD REAGAN DORAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School counts with 8 security guards that patrol the school grounds. Administrators walk through all areas of school during lunch including the cafeteria and hallways. One school board police is permanently assigned to the school while others are in the area, including Doral Police who assist as needed. Additionally, a security guard is assigned to a security room to monitor the 79 security cameras that are located throughout the building. Security checks restrooms every 10-15 minutes. Administrators walk the building and are stationed at posts during morning, lunch, and dismissal.
The RRDHS Administration has put these safety measures in place to protect the students, identify potential problems and rectify them in a speedy and efficient way before they affect the student population thus making the school environment a safe and secure place to learn.
RONALD REAGAN DORAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL PTSA’s INVOLVEMENT:
According to Bibiana Salmon, President of the PTSA, the RRDSHW PTSA has been very involved and active at RRDSHS. In 2012, they had 4 workshops, two of which dealt with cell phone sexting, cyber bullying and internet safety. The City of Doral Police facilitated these workshops and sent representatives to speak to the parents and students about such critical issues, prevalent in today’s schools, society and communities.
All parents and students are invited to attend these workshops dealing with current issues that affect finances, college tuition, social and psychological development of the students. The workshops are held at convenient times and are very well attended.
PARKS AND POLICE 4 KIDS INVOLVEMENT AT RONALD REAGAN DORAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
The City of Doral Police N.R.U. has been very involved with all the City of Doral’s Schools. At Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School, the City of Doral Police, N.R.U. Youth Crime Watch Program has been very successful. The Police Department has also been working with the school’s PTSA, educating Parents and students on Cyber Texting, Gangs, Drug Abuse, Drinking and Driving. Additionally, the School Resource Officers are assigned to the school, and on a consistent basis they are involved in counseling students with issues that might be affecting them, anything from family issues, peer pressure, or bullying.
According to Lieutenant Trigo, the Police liaison in the Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation, “These efforts will continue to grow. We are in the beginning stages of developing for the next school year, a Prom Promise / Don’t Let Alcohol be your Last Taste of Life curriculum, that will be taught to all Seniors at all of our Senior High Schools in the City of Doral.
Our Goal is and will continue to be to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all the children attending schools in the City of Doral.”
Other programs that are also thriving at Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School and are sponsored by Parks and Police 4 Kids are: The Explorer Program, which is a law enforcement program that provides educational training for young adults on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.
D.A.R.E: The highly acclaimed program that gives millions of kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.
D.F.Y.I.T. A comprehensive program aimed at creating drug free lifestyles, offering free drug counseling where necessary, communicating the DFYIT message to the entire community and placing ownership of the problem, not SOLELY with the students, but the entire community.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AT RONALD REAGAN DORAL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Community involvement is prevalent at Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School. An example of this involvement is the Doral Community Coalition’s impending donation of a golf cart to the school, which will add extra security to the school grounds.
PARKS AND POLICE 4 KIDS FOUNDATION MAY10th MEETING:
At the Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation meeting, a few parents and students expressed their distress, anger and sadness at the article, but one student’s voice, Jonas Erthal’s, resonated above all:
“It is very unfair that this article was published because it is not true! We have a great school. The timing couldn’t have been worse. The same day the article came out, our school was being visited by national representatives of the Broad Scholarship committee. This article hurt our chances of getting the scholarship money. The article hurt us, the students.”
Jonas is referring to the $1 million Broad Prize, established in 2002, which is the largest education award in the country given to school districts. The Broad Prize is awarded each year to honor urban school districts that demonstrate the greatest overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing achievement gaps among low-income and minority students.
Part of their visit to the district includes visiting school sites to see education in action. Due to its students’ academic achievements, Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School was one of the school sites visited so that the Broad representatives could see education in action. Unfortunately, the accomplishments the students have worked so hard for might have been compromised by the article, which accused the school of keeping a false appearance of excellence when the reality is incongruous.
Alberto Ruiz, President of the Parks and Police 4 Kids Foundation concludes by stating, “We believe that every story has two sides and we hope that journalists will present fair, balanced and objective reporting that is meant to inform and educate the community. It’s very distressing to see how this article has created so much anger and sadness among our community’s parents and students. Their frustration was evident in the meeting we had on Thursday. That is why we felt it was our duty to bring to light all the great things and programs that are taking place at Ronald Reagan Doral Senior High School.”