The tragic event that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has reminded us once again that we live in a world with hurt and sorrow. And sometimes that hurt causes people to take action that inflicts even more hurt and leave us wondering how we can protect our children.
As a result of that awful event on February 14, I have asked our administrative team to conduct a review of our safety procedures and protocols. In addition, the recent implementation of the stay put or lockdown procedures at the Cassingham Complex has provided us with the opportunity to review our practices and the flow of communication to staff and parents. And we will do just that.
Our safety procedures are required to be updated every three years and reviewed annually. The last time that our procedures were updated was in 2015. We are due for a full review and new procedures to be implemented by July 1, 2018. In fact, it is timely that we take a close look at our procedures and then ensure that students and staff members know their roles in the event we must activate one of our safety procedures.
Moreover, we will be vigilant about enforcing our rules on visitors to the buildings. All visitors must check in and wear a badge while they are visiting our schools. There are no exceptions because our students and staff deserve our vigilance.
In addition, it remains crucial for everyone to speak up if they have information regarding a threat of any kind. All it takes is a call to your child’s school or a report to our online reporting system: https://bexleyschools.formstack.com/forms/incident_report
Nothing is more precious than our children, and we at Bexley City Schools take seriously your trust in us to keep them as safe as possible in our schools.
Thank you for being a partner with us.