Published: Dec 14, 2012 4:40 PM EST
Updated: Dec 14, 2012 4:48 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- The Collier County School Board has released a letter addressing the safety concerns of the local community after today's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

In it, Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton says, " Parents should rest assured that the safety of our students and staff is always our number one priority for Collier County Public Schools. The school district operates at a high level of vigilance as a matter of routine. However, when incidents occur elsewhere, like the one today in Connecticut, we are on heightened alert."

Click here to read the entire letter.