Response to Threats
Good Afternoon Parents,
I wanted you to know that today I met with all students and shared the following message with them.
It is only November, and unfortunately, here at school we have had to deal with several threats written on bathroom walls. While ultimately deemed non-credible, we have taken all of the necessary steps required to keep our school safe.
We have worked very hard to establish a culture of trust in our school by treating students as young adults. Our students have experienced a degree of freedom not typical in most high schools because our students have earned that trust by being respectful and caring citizens. It is unfortunate the trusting culture we have built together can be impacted by the actions of one or a few.
However, because these threats are disrupting, distressing, and can create a level of anxiety in the building, we felt the need to take steps to address this problem.
Beginning on, we will be implementing the following plan:
- All teachers will maintain a “leave the room” sign out/in sheet that will include the time a student left and the time they returned.
- Students are to use the closest lavatories on the floor their class is on.
- Students will be required to stay in the lunchroom for the entire lunch period.
- Managed Time students will be required to select from the Library, Commons, Academic Center, Bulldog Corner, or a teacher’s classroom (with teacher permission). Students are to select a location and stay put for Managed Time.
- Duty teachers will be inspecting bathrooms/stalls for any graffiti each block in the day.
- Students staying after school must be in a supervised activity or in the library.
Having to put these steps in place is upsetting, however, the safety and well being of our students and staff are our first priority. I do not know how long these steps will need to be in effect. My apologies.