December 16, 2012
In light of the devastating events in Connecticut on Friday, I thought you might be wondering about Snow’s security procedures and plans. Snow, along with all schools in Dearborn Public Schools, is required to have an updated Crisis Management Plan every year. Our Crisis Management Team (CMT) schedules and conducts fire, disaster, lockdown and evacuation drills so our teachers, staff, and students know what to expect and the procedures to follow if a real emergency occurs. We have already held 3 fire drills and a disaster drill this school year and a joint crisis drill with the Dearborn Police Department is in the planning stages.
We control access into the school by requiring all outside doors to be locked except the front and back lobby doors. These doors are monitored visually by the office staff. Door 4 (near the parking lot) is locked at 8:45 AM each morning. All visitors to the building must check in at the office and sign-in to receive a Visitor’s Pass. Additionally, our Watch DOGS program is designed to have an extra set of eyes patrolling the hallways and playgrounds during high traffic times.
I, along with most child psychology experts, believe that it is a parent’s role to determine how and when to discuss these events with their child. Many experts suggest limiting your child’s exposure to the nonstop television coverage and reminding your child of how rare these events are. Suggestions for discussing what happened with your child can be found at: www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/ or http://assets1.mytrainsite.com/500051/tlcletterctshooting.pdf
I will be instructing Snow teachers and staff to refer all questions from children back to parents so you can respond to them accordingly. If your child is experiencing extreme fears and/or stress, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher, myself, or our school social worker, Mrs. Chubb, so that we can put you in touch with appropriate resources in school or the community.
We will be reviewing our security procedures as a result of the tragedy last week and welcome your ideas and comments. While no security plan can be 100% effective at preventing access to someone who is determined to cause harm, please know that the safety of your children is our utmost concern at all times.