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10/17/2016

The cooler weather is upon us as we settle into the 2016-2017 school year.  Each of our campuses are implementing changes as we continue to move forward as a District of Innovation to improve the quality of education for every child.  Our first and most important objective from our strategic plan is “We will ensure all students have a safe environment” in which to learn and grow.  Our students deserve to come to school each day and learn in an environment where they feel safe physically and emotionally and are free from harm.   As part of this important objective, we will be spending the month reviewing safety procedures and working with our students in creating a climate and culture that embodies our core values of Respect and Empathy in a bully-free environment. 

 

The week of October 16-22, 2016 has been set aside as Safe Schools Week.  We have safety drills planned along with bus evacuation practice to enable our staff and students to rehearse proper behavior in the event of an emergency.  Our school board will be reviewing our Emergency Management Plan and we will also be working with parents and local first responders on our new Standard Response Protocol (SRP).  The procedures came from research asa result of the school hostage and shooting at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado through iloveuguys.org foundation.  These simple, color coded responses involve four main actions that aretaughtto our students and communicated with our parents and local first responders:

 

As our Governor, Greg Abbott, stated in his proclamation, “It is critical for schools and communities to work together to not only provide a rigorous, well-rounded education, but also to ensure that our children are safe from harm and able to thrive in their academic environment.”

 

Schools face the challenges reflected in our society from crime, violence, substance abuse, bullying, and vandalism and these behaviors can impact the educational environment by distracting adults and students away from our prime objective of academic achievement and development of the whole child.  We are committed to working in partnership with our families and our community to create that safe learning environment.  


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