Safety is a priority at Spalding Drive Charter. Our school safety plan and protocols which include fire, severe weather, evacuation, and intruder drills, are reviewed and updated each fall. Monthly fire drills as well as bi-annual severe weather, evacuation, and intruder drills, allow a continual review and revision (as necessary) of these procedures. We have an effective emergency contact system and a good working relationship with our local law enforcement agencies.
Our school psychologist has shared some resources from the National Association of School Psychologists as some guidance for handling any delicate conversations that may arise (please see the links below):
School safety highlighted in aftermath of Connecticut tragedy
In the aftermath of the tragedy in Connecticut, Fulton County Schools is making sure that students, parents and staff know that they are safe within their school. While statistically a school is one of the safest places a child can be, the school district continually works to improve its safety measures so that schools can be the safest learning environments possible.
The school system has increased its police presence at all schools and local police departments are also sending patrols to schools. Every day, school resource officers are at every middle school, and two are located at every North Fulton high school and three are at every South Fulton high school. All officers have elementary schools as part of their assignments. In addition, the school system has close working relationships with local law enforcement agencies so that in the event of an emergency, a response can be coordinated and quickly enacted.
Schools also have safety plans that are regularly practiced, and these include how teachers and other staff will respond in an emergency and how parents would be reunified with their children. Each school is reviewing its safety plans again this week. The school system also has a mass notifications service that allows it to communicate quickly with parents and share critical information.
Resources and guidance have been provided to schools to help parents talk with their children about the Connecticut tragedy and school safety. Counselors also are available to any student or staff member who wants to talk to someone about their feelings.
Letter from Dr. Robert Avossa - December 14, 2012
Dear Fulton County Families,
As you may have heard, today in Connecticut a shooting occurred in a school. When something like this happens, it is natural to think about your child and his or her safety. I want you to know that our schools have safety plans that are regularly practiced and that these include how teachers and other staff members will respond in the event of any emergency.
We also have a mass notification service that allows us to communicate quickly with parents and share critical information. Please know that we will do everything in our power to keep the children and staff members safe.
Please keep the individuals impacted by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.
Robert Avossa, Ed.D.
Fulton County Schools