Students at Nordonia High School are gathering in the school gym this morning to protest gun violence one month since a mass shooting took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. #neonow #rcnow

In the meantime, here’s a message Superintendent Joe Clark issued regarding today’s event:

“Dear Nordonia Families,

“The Nordonia Hills City School District holds student and staff safety as our highest priority.

“As you may know, the district issues Chromebook computers to all students in grades 3-12. While the district does not monitor individual students’ daily use of the computers, we do use a software program called GoGuardian. This software suite reviews Chromebook usage in real-time during the school day, and applies a web-filter to follow our devices when they go home. This allows content to be filtered, regardless of the internet source. GoGuardian sends our Technology Director alerts if our devices are being used to view explicit material and these are followed up with building principals as needed.

“A key feature recently offered by GoGuardian in version 2.0 is a “Self-Harm” alert system. The software intelligently scans for any search terms, sites or content related to suicide or self-harm. It is designed that if a student searches one of these terms, they are met with a “splash page” that will offer Suicide Prevention Information. Then, counselors and administrators of specific students will be notified and be able to intervene. We understand the potential for “false positives,” but the ability to save a life is invaluable.

“We will be enabling this feature in the coming week. Student and staff safety is our highest priority, and we are excited about this new tool to aid in achieving that goal.

“Thanks for your continued support of the Nordonia Schools.”

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