A Letter to our Families from Superintendent Carl Dethloff

Dear SAISD Families, Students and Staff,

We are shaken to the core after hearing the devastating news from Uvalde CISD. Our schools should be places of learning, hope, and celebration - a safe spot to grow success in the future. We mourn the lives lost in Uvalde, and are deeply saddened by the fear it creates for school communities. 

The recent news is alarming, senseless, and causes uncertainty in our community. It is imperative that our district and I do everything possible to create the conditions where parents and students feel safe and comfortable in our schools. My two daughters attended schools in San Angelo ISD and graduated from our school system. As a parent, I understand the urgency to keep our schools safe, protect our children, and work diligently to prevent similar tragedies from impacting San Angelo and our schools.   

San Angelo is known for its robust partnerships and our ability to work together for the greater good of our community. As I traveled to campuses this morning and witnessed first-hand the increased police presence at our schools, I want to commend the San Angelo Police Department, ASU Police Department, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement personnel who  immediately responded to ensure an increased law enforcement presence at each of our schools. Chief Carter and his team quickly deployed police officers, detectives in unmarked vehicles, traffic officers on motorcycles, and off-duty SAPD officers in marked patrol vehicles to each of our elementary schools.   

Our leadership team is reviewing our security protocols and determining any additional layers of security that we can implement moving forward.   

It continues to be an honor and a privilege to help our community and school system push forward in a supportive environment.

Sincerely,

Carl Dethloff, Superintendent