BCPS Observes A Day of Service and Love on Friday, February 14, 2020, in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has designated Friday, February 14, 2020, as A Day of Service and Love, in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. It will be a day to give back to the community in honor of the 17 students and staff who were lost and those who were injured.
A Day of Service and Love will be an early release day at BCPS and attendance by students is mandatory. Specific hours will vary by school. Schools are encouraged to engage students in activities and volunteer service projects that serve others within their schools and communities, while also raising awareness about important and meaningful causes and issues.
“A Day of Service and Love honors our fallen eagles and our families and communities impacted by this tragedy,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We invite our entire community to be a meaningful part of the ongoing process of healing by pausing at 10:17 a.m. to honor and remember.”
In collaboration with HandsOn Broward, the city of Parkland, the city of Coral Springs and the Interfaith Council, schools across the District will participate in activities and service projects for their schools and local communities. In addition, at 10:17 a.m., the entire District will observe a moment of silence.
With support from hundreds of volunteers, students and staff will take part in activities and service projects at more than 230 school sites across the District, such as creating self-care spaces, landscaping gardens, painting, celebrating our local first responders and feeding families in need. Several projects are funded by Volunteer Florida’s Volunteer Generation Fund program, through the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students will receive community service hours for providing service to both their school and community as part of the Student Volunteer Service Program.
A few highlights regarding the two-year commemoration include:
At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:
- Students will begin projects at 7:40 a.m. and will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. The school will close at noon.
- District staff and community partners will provide service-learning activities alongside MSD staff.
- Mental health staff will be available, and the Wellness Center will be open, located on the school’s campus.
- Therapy dogs will be available.
- BCPS Technical Colleges will provide Services with Love to staff and students, including but not limited to manicures, massages, and healthy cooking demonstrations.
At schools throughout the District:
- February 14th is an early release day; attendance by students is mandatory.
- Students will begin projects at 7:40 a.m. and operate on early release schedules on February 14, 2020. Specific hours will vary by school.
- The District is providing guidance to school project leaders regarding the two-year Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School commemoration.
- Schools are encouraged to participate in A Day of Service and Love and engage students in school-based activities that serve others within their schools or local community. Specific activities will vary per school or zone.
- The entire District will observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m.
Information and Resources
Letter from the Superintendent
On Friday, February 14, 2020, Broward County Public Schools is observing a Day of Service and Love. This non-academic early release day will be a time to give back to the community in commemoration of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy. Read the Superintendent's Letter
Parent’s Guide to the Day of Service and Love
The Parent’s Guide, prepared in collaboration with the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, provides advice on how to talk with and support your children, as well as a summary of some of the support services available for your family. Read the Parent's Guide
Teacher’s Guide to the Day of Service and Love
Developed in collaboration with the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, the Teacher’s Resource offers guidelines for BCPS educators and school-based staff on how to support students as they cope with feelings two years after the MSD tragedy. Read the Teacher's Guide
A Day of Service and Love Toolkit
On February 14, 2020, BCPS invites the entire District and the community-at-large to participate in A Day of Service and Love and to observe a moment of silence at 10:17 a.m. Acts of Service and Love activities.
For additional local resources, please access the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) crisis support site: www.browardschools.com/crisissupport
- BCPS Mental Health Portal: bcps-mentalhealth.com
- Dial 2-1-1 BROWARD for ALL Services | (or 954-537-0211) | browardconnections.org
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 | suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP
Events in the Community
The City of Parkland (City) will host a Community Commemoration on Friday, February 14, 2020 to honor the 17 victims and the MSD Community. The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Pine Trails Park and the City will observe this as a Day of Service and Love.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School First Responders Breakfast
Friday, February 14, 2020 | 8:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.
RSVP Text BREAKFAST to 954-388-7699 by February 10th. Please bring your credentials and I.D. Parking will be available at North Community Park.
Eagles' Haven is a community wellness center created solely and mindfully for the MSD/Eagles community.
If You See Something, Say Something
Anonymous tip line for reporting potential school threats or other school-related safety and security concerns. Parents and students can report tips via:
Allows individuals to instantly report suspicious activity to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials. The app is free and available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices. The Florida Legislature directed the development of this tool through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.Supported by Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) - allows individuals in Broward County the ability to communicate with law enforcement seamlessly and report potential threats and suspicious activity. The app is free and available for download on Apple and Android mobile devices.