The mission of the Georgia School Boards Association is to ensure excellence in the governance of local school systems by providing leadership, advocacy and services, and by representing the collective resolve of Georgia’s elected boards of education.


Message Concerning Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS Shooting


This past week has been difficult for us all as we struggle to comprehend what occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we are all beyond saddened and heartbroken. The troubling and all too familiar but disturbing reality of mass shootings in schools has become more than a problem, it has become an epidemic.

As we all grapple to understand our new reality and realize the changes that must be made, we at GSBA wanted to make sure you were aware of resources that might be useful to you in making those changes. I am certain you currently have your processes and protocols in place, so these measures and resources are offered to potentially support and/or enhance those developed at the local governance team level. GSBA will continue our efforts to explore and develop resources that best meet the safety needs of Georgia’s local school districts.

Below you will find a few of the links and resources I referenced to assist in working through the tough questions around safety for your schools. We know safety is one of a school district’s top priorities, and while there are discussions by many regarding changes in safety being made at the state and federal level, we cannot wait on the state and federal government to implement safety actions for what is best for our local schools.

Please keep the healing of the Parkland, Florida community in your prayers in the days to come.


Valarie Wilson
Executive Director