February 14, 2003
This letter is in response to the federal government’s Department of Homeland Security’s recent security risk upgrade from Elevated (yellow) to High (orange). The High (orange) level is second only to Severe (red) and requires additional precautionary measures for federal departments and agencies. A description of the various levels of alerts, precautions, and recommendations can be accessed on the Internet at www.dhs.gov. If security risks were to change to Severe (red) or if an event did happen, the district would rely on our school safety plan guidelines and/or guidance from higher governmental authorities.
In times like these it is very important not to panic. Instead we must increase our preparedness. Examples of how we are prepared as a school are:
· Discussing and reviewing the district’s school safety plan among administrators and staff.
· Reviewing evacuation and/or lockdown procedures.
· Updating off-hour telephone lists for bus drivers.
· Ongoing training of personnel relative to aspects of the school safety plan.
Important preparations as a parent include:
· Updating emergency telephone numbers, including cell phones and alternate drop-offs, on file in your child’s school office. Have your child(ren) know how and where to contact you.
· Listening to the radio or watching television to find out information relative to the school. Calling the school only pulls employees off other important jobs.
· Understanding that our school employees are extremely dedicated to the safety of your child(ren).
· Having your child dress appropriately for the weather each day.
Keep in mind that school and routines are very important in a child’s upbringing. We need to continue on with our daily routines but be ever more vigilant in our preparation for the unexpected. If you have any questions or wish to discuss school safety, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal or me. Thank you.
David G. Sholes
Superintendent of Schools