[this letter is going home with students on 12/20/2012)
December 20, 2012
This has been a difficult few days as we try to understand and cope with the unthinkable events in Newtown, Connecticut. Our hearts and thoughts continue to go out to the students, staff and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This event has certainly changed things for all of us.
That said I want to assure you that the safety of our children and staff is our first priority. We have emergency procedures and protocols in place and we are always reflecting on how to improve these efforts. Please know this process will continue as a response to this tragedy.
The following is a review of some of the safety steps already in place at the school:
- Making sure that all exterior doors are closed and locked during the school day
- When a visitor rings the bell. The person in the office will ask the visitor what their business is and who they are coming to see. Once the person is satisfied with the answer, the visitor will be buzzed in and asked to sign in at the main office. We will need parent cooperation and patience with this important procedure.
- All visitors will check in at the main office and will receive a visitor sticker.
- All Emergency procedures including Lockdown, Evacuation and Reverse Evacuation will be reviewed with staff. We will also continue practicing these drills coordinated with the QPS Safety and Security Director and Quincy Police Department
I also want to let you know that I have invited Mike Draicchio, Director of Safety and Security for the Quincy Public Schools to our January 8th PTO meeting to provide an overview of our safety drills and procedures. More information on this will follow and please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding these important safety matters.
I cannot thank everyone enough for their support this past week and for your cooperation with our safety procedures moving forward.
I wish you and your family the best of everything this holiday season.