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    12-7-18 SUPERINTENDENT'S LETTER ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY

    December 7, 2018:

    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    I would like to provide you with an update regarding school safety and security and our progress with the District’s current security projects.


    Based on the recommendations from last year’s security audit, we have moved forward with hiring a dedicated Supervisor of Security with expertise in the area of law enforcement and security. This person will:

    • assess our current security and safety protocols and identify any gaps,
    • work closely with district and building administrators on safety and security matters,
    • assist with the implementation of recommendations from the security report,
    • train our faculty, staff, and students.

    There have been a few incidents in our buildings this year. Having someone with experience and who is dedicated to school safety and security is needed.


    Below is an update on additional items we have completed or are in the process of completing:

    • Installation of six door alarms on exterior doors at Stewart.
    • Installation of door alarms on exterior doors at Stratford – in process.
    • Monitoring of all exterior doors through a live video feed at Stewart and Stratford until
      the vestibule project is completed.
    • Custom doors and wall partitions have been ordered to seal the areas between the two
      sets of entry doors for the school vestibule project at Stratford School, Middle School and
      High School.
    • Outside groups (i.e. blood drive) will no longer be permitted inside our buildings during
      school hours where safety is compromised.
    • Implementation of new dismissal procedures at our primary and elementary buildings.
    • Added exterior drop-off bins at the Middle School to minimize the number of people
      entering the building during the school day.
    • A Visitor Management System has been selected.
    • Addition of GPS and cameras to our buses is in progress.
    • Access to real-time camera viewing of every building to the Garden City Police
      Department.

    Our focus continues to be the safety of our staff and students. Training for both groups is an essential part of keeping our schools as safe as possible. We continue to work very closely with the Garden City Police Department to ensure the security of our buildings and explore ways to enhance school security. We greatly appreciate the support of Commissioner Jackson and his team.


    Safety and security also includes the relationships we build with our children. We will continue to create schools that are safe, welcoming, and where students feel a sense of belonging. That feeling of belonging is key to academic growth, but it’s also essential in creating a safe environment.


    We will do everything within our power to continually create safe and secure learning environments where our children have the opportunity to excel. Your children are our priority, and we thank you for the privilege of working with them every single day.


    Sincerely,


    Kusum


    Kusum Sinha, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

     
     
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