Updated: July 28, 2022
The Oxford Community Schools Board of Education has commissioned an independent investigation into the events leading up to, on the day of, and following the tragic shooting at Oxford High School on November 30, 2021.
The independent investigation is underway. To maintain the independence and integrity of the investigation, neither the board nor the district administration is engaged in the investigation. Please direct all questions about the investigation to the investigative team.
If you have relevant information to share or if you would like to communicate with someone on the investigative team, please contact us at Oxford@guidepostsolutions.com.
SCOPE OF INVESTIGATION
Review & Evaluation
Investigation team members have familiarized themselves with the Oxford Community Schools District, including its administration, the five primary schools, one middle school, one high school, two alternative schools, and the early learning school.
The team is now engaging in an extensive review and evaluation of the following. As the investigation proceeds, the team may identify additional areas for review and evaluation.
The team is reviewing relevant school policies, procedures and practices in place at the time of the shooting and evaluating whether they satisfy laws, regulations and best practices. Some of the areas under review include:
Recommendations & Report
Over the course of the investigation, the team will make recommendations to the school district if and when they identify areas for immediate action.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the team will provide the Oxford Community Schools Board of Directors and district administration with a comprehensive report of its findings and its full set of recommendations based on those findings.
The full report will be made public simultaneous with delivery to the board and district administration.
NOTES ON GUIDEPOST’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGY
Throughout this investigation, the Guidepost process will be governed by best practices designed to ensure accountability, transparency, and care for the wellbeing of victims of the shooting, including students, teachers, staff, families and community members.
Key principles of our work will include:
At the conclusion of the investigation and accompanying security review, Guidepost will develop a complete set of findings and a comprehensive recommended framework within which the Oxford Community Schools can operate in order to continue to address the concerns raised by the Oxford community in a transparent and accountable manner that prioritizes care and enhances practices for prevention.
We will share the report with the community at the same time it is shared with the Board and school administration.
Guidepost will ensure that Oxford Community Schools develops a process that provides for historical accountability, healing for all stakeholders with an emphasis on victims and their families, and future supervision, monitoring, auditing and implementation of a safety and security program built on best practices and guided by security standards and guidelines.
If potentially illegal or unethical conduct is reported to Guidepost, Guidepost may conduct its own investigation or refer the matter to the appropriate authorities. Certain allegations, if reported to Guidepost, may trigger a mandatory reporting obligation to the appropriate authorities.
Further, in order to promote complete transparency and to ensure accountability, Guidepost will document whether any person or entity has withheld access to information, documents, records, facilities and/or employees, officers, agents, or others, or has otherwise obstructed or attempted to obstruct our investigation.