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Safety & Security Update

January 25, 2013

The recent shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, CT have reminded us that we need remain focused on how best to protect children in our schools.  All children have the right to go to school and learn in a safe and nurturing environment.  Educational research shows that learning is enhanced when children feel safe in a healthy school environment.

As a school and community we need to work together to keep our students safe.  Over the last two months we have reviewed and reinforced our policies related to our safety protocols – with an emphasis on entry and egress areas.  We are continuing to evaluate our facilities and crisis plans to determine appropriate next steps.

Here is a list of some of the areas of discussion:

  • Increased patrols & visits by law enforcement
  • Renewed emphasis on visitor policies (We ask for patience and consideration with staff if you are visiting as we ask all visitors to follow procedures)
  • Modification of entry / egress where applicable
  • Identification of special circumstances / events where gaps may exist
  • Building modification relative to entry / egress
  • Additional use of cameras in all school buildings
  • Key card access to all doors district-wide

In addition, we have been reviewing and assessing our access to resources that can help with school safety and security.  They include:

  • School Resources
    • Guidance counselors & social workers
    • Teachers / administrators
    • Communication Plans
  • Community Resources
    • Psychologists, psychiatrists & social workers
    • Law enforcement

Overall, we need to remain focused on what we want our school facilities to look and feel like for our students and staff.  Our plan is to be thoughtful and deliberate in our review of potential strategies and to implement only those changes that will provide a sustained benefit to our students, staff and community.

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  1. D. Westfall permalink
    January 28, 2013 10:29 am

    When seconds matter.
    The Police are only minutes away.

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