Good morning! We hope you had a refreshing four day weekend and were able to spend some special time with your children.
The news from Florida last week has been heartbreaking, and our thoughts continue to be with the community of teachers, parents, and students who lost their colleagues, children, and friends. Our schools should be places of learning where every child feels safe. The fact that school shootings have become so commonplace is something that we should not stand for and that our children should not stand for either. We realize that as a school community, it is impossible to be entirely prepared for an event like the one that took place last week in Florida, but nonetheless, we take it on as our huge responsibility to ensure that your child is safe during the school day, and we recognize that there is a need for us to be constantly assessing our readiness for ensuring our children's safety in every circumstance.
As such, we recognize that now may be a good time to let you know our process for evaluating our safety protocols. Every year, we form a safety committee comprised of teachers, administration, and parents who engage in the process of updating and refining our safety policies and procedures. The committee reviews current policies and rewrites procedures as necessary and works with local law enforcement and other public officials to ensure that our procedures are up to date.
The committee's work is presented in our Safety Plan that is taken to our board to be approved. When the Safety Plan is approved, we then train our teachers and staff on the updated procedures. Many of our teachers, administrators, and staff have attended trainings specifically on preparing for school lock downs and protocols for active shooters and have brought this knowledge to our community. With this awareness, we practice active shooter drills at least several times a year, and our teachers are wonderful at ensuring that your children's questions are answered with age-appropriate dialogue.
We assure you that we will continue to take all precautions and work diligently to ensure the safety of your children while they are here at school with us.
We have a lighter four day week, but there are a lot of exciting things around the corner at Bridges -- please read on for more information!