We all hope and pray they never happen, but know that it is necessary to prepare for possible occurrences. Planning for speculated emergencies is difficult, for when faced with a situation, instinctive and immediate judgment calls are made that simply cannot be rehearsed.
Our school family had its first Fire Drill of the school year last week, initiated by Chief Gallagher. The faculty and students filed quickly and quietly along their designated routes and performed the drill to the satisfaction of the department.
This week, your child may have mentioned to you that we also practiced a Lock Down Drill. Classes had been well versed on the drill, its purpose and the procedure, prior to the whole school drill. Our teachers and students performed very well, as they put the motions in place to lock down and stay safe until the 'all-clear' message was given to release.
It is certainly not easy to practice these drills, nor is it easy to allow your mind to create scenarios in which these drills would become reality. What is easy is knowing the truth; that the safety and security of your children is extremely important to us. These drills must be conducted and we will continue to practice emergency procedures. Our School Crisis Team has met to debrief, and will be working very closely with our teachers to assure that our staff and students are as prepared as one can be, when faced with an emergency situation.
Also on the subject of protecting our children, a reminder that this week I will conduct two CORI training sessions. This training is necessary if any parent plans on being involved in any way this school year with field trips, helping in the classroom, or covering lunch/recess duties. Please plan on attending one of the sessions, if you have the need to complete the Diocesan CORI process. In an attempt to fit the needs of our families and their schedules the sessions will take place on
September 22nd at 9am, and
Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 7pm. The duration of the training is approximately an hour and a half. If these times do not work for your schedule and you desire to be involved at the school, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will attempt to accommodate your individual needs.