Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am writing to you in regards to the recent tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut that have touched all of us. Please know that every administrator in the Glen Rock School District shares the heightened awareness you undoubtedly have about the safety and security of your own children whom you entrust to us each and every school day.
First, let me remind you that as part of the district’s ongoing efforts to provide appropriate security for students and staff, a School Security Team was formed last year to review present and future security measures district wide. The team includes representatives from elementary, middle and high school administration along with athletics, Buildings and Grounds, technology, the Community School, senior administration, the Board of Education and the Glen Rock Police Department. The group has worked diligently over the past 18 months to plan and implement improvements across the district. Appropriate lockdown, fire and evacuation drills are practiced routinely and a plan is in place for upgrades to security equipment in all schools.
As of this morning, all administrators in the district met with the Critical Incident Response Team, including the GRPD, to review current security measures in place at all schools during the school day, as well as those for the Before and After Care Program at the elementaries. As a result, we identified several changes that will be implemented as soon as possible with regards to building access for all visitors, including parents and staff. Your building principal will share those changes with you as necessary in the coming days.
With regard to students’ emotional well-being at this time, we have made various resources available to all staff members for providing assistance to our students as needed. The staff is prepared to handle questions or comments from students in a sensitive and age-appropriate manner. In addition, GRPD will continue its practice of visiting the school buildings during the day to provide a visible reassurance to the students.
In closing, I want to reassure you that we are well aware of our responsibility to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the children of the Glen Rock School District, and we will continue to do our utmost to provide that to the best of our ability.
Raymond J. Albano
Glen Rock Public Schools