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Letter from the Superintendent Regarding School Safety

March 1, 2018

 

Dear Parents:

Keeping your child safe while at our school is the Somerset County Educational Services Commission’s top priority.

Our nation has seen sad and frightening events in schools over the past few years, and the Commission’s established procedures are in place to provide a safe environment for our students. We have several security measures currently in place designed to safeguard students and to maintain a positive student climate. The following are established protocols:

  •  Visitor Registry:  All visitors must register with the front office before having access to the school building.
  •  Camera Surveillance:  We have digital cameras throughout our schools to monitor activity.
  • Electronic Door Access: The main entrance doors are remotely controlled and monitored.
  • School Resource Officer (SRO): A Bridgewater Township Police Officer is on site every school day and is a presence throughout the school building.
  • Emergency Training:  Security drills are conducted throughout the school year. A “Lockout” drill is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building. A “Lockdown” drill is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place. An “Evacuate” drill is the protocol used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building. A “Shelter” drill is the protocol used for group and self-protection (e.g.: weather emergencies).
  • Backpacks and/or Bag Checks:  All backpacks and/or bags are inspected at the main entrance before students can access to the school building.
  • Crisis Intervention Team: Our seven (7) staff member team are in the hallways and classrooms throughout the day to monitor students and the building.

Our staff receive ongoing safety training and security protocols are thoroughly reviewed throughout the school year. Our established procedures in place to accommodate our students and our staff is prepared to respond to issues in a timely and accurate manner. 

Open lines of communication is our best approach for maintaining a positive school climate. Social media is a real challenge facing our students today, we ask that you and/or your child inform school personnel if any threatening posts on social media are observed. Also, if you and/or your child hear or see any information that feels uncomfortable as it pertains to the school we ask that our staff or law enforcement authorities be immediately notified. 

Student safety is a responsibility that our staff strives to provide each and every day. As always, we will continue to focus our efforts on providing a safe learning environment.

Sincerely,

Harold Dunsavage

Superintendent