Dear Eagle Academy Families,
I know that by now everyone has heard of the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut this past Friday. I have been thinking about you and your children all weekend, and want to reassure you that we are focused on your children’s safety when they are in our care.
Please be aware of a few of the security measures we have in place when you come to the school:
· School doors are locked at 7:50. Visitors to the building are required to “buzz in” via the intercom located outside the school’s main entrance. Staff screens all visitors to the building as to their identity and reason for their visit. Please understand when you are questioned by staff that it is for safety reasons.
· All visitors will continue to be required to sign in with the main office, as well as wear a visitor’s badge while in the building.
· School staff are highly visible and can be identified by staff uniform shirts.
· During student arrival and dismissal times, staff are highly visible and available in case assistance is needed or a problem arises. We will continue to have teachers escort students who walk or are picked up to our dismissal location.
· We utilize surveillance technology to monitor entrances and exits, as well as most areas within the building.
· Regular safety drills are conducted by our students, as required by law.
Incidents of school violence, such as this most recent one, are extremely rare events. This can be of little comfort though, and we must be confident that we are doing everything we can to prevent such a tragedy from happening here. To this end, our School Safety Plan will be reviewed by staff in upcoming weeks. There are additional safety measures being considered at this time, and I will be keeping parents posted of any changes to expect. The teachers have been instructed to follow the cues of their students as respect to discussing the events of Friday with them. We do not want to raise alarm where alarm does not exist. We will be answering student questions in terms of the safety procedures that we practice to keep them safe. We urge families to do the same.
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I wish you and your families all the best this holiday season.
Shannon M. Kane, School Leader Eagle Academy Elementary