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|Superintendent's Corner - March 2018|
Posted Date: 03/05/2018
School safety has been a recent hot topic in the news. The recent Florida school shooting tragedy has really brought to light the need to be aware of all aspects of our surroundings.
As I was having a conversation with one of our board members this past month, the term “situational awareness” came up. What does this mean? Situational awareness means a lot of things. For example, if you are driving when the weather conditions are not good, you should take extra time and precautions. In schools, this means that our students and staff need to be aware of things that don’t seem right. This might involve bags laying around in hallways that don’t seem to have a purpose. It could also involve students that may seem troubled or distraught. If teachers notice unfamiliar people around a school during drop off or pick up time, they report these items to the administration. When these types of issues arise, it is good to talk to someone about the perceived problem.
I have had over a dozen conversations related to school safety in the past month, and I would like to share some information with you. We have a crisis and safety plan that staff review throughout the year. Earlier this semester, I reminded our staff to review this information just in case. We have protocols in place that I will not detail here for safety reasons. Our working relationships with the Coffey County Sheriff’s Department and Burlington Police Department are highly effective. We collaborate as needed to make sure we are aware of any safety issues. Our recent addition of keyless entry systems and cameras monitoring main entries in all three schools has improved safety. We even received a recent credit from our insurance company due to this safety measure. The district has begun an outside LED lighting project to provide more visibility for our students, staff, and patrons in the evening hours. We are also changing the locks outside of all our buildings, and we are upgrading interior locks in classrooms so staff can lock their doors from inside their rooms. Increased indoor and outdoor building camera systems are being discussed as well.
As your superintendent of schools in Burlington, I want you to know that I involve many people with decision making processes where student safety is concerned. I believe that it is very important to gain information from those that can help make the best decisions possible.
If you every have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 620-364-8478 ext. 3040.