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Superintendent’s letter: Evacuation drill planned for May 8

| May 4, 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

Safety in school is something to be taken seriously.  We train students and staff how to act and react in the case of several different emergency scenarios (i.e. fire drills, lockdowns, on-site evacuations), and we will practice important on-site evacuation drills for grades K-12 on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  For reasons of safety for all students and staff, the on-site evacuation locations will not be disclosed at this time, but will be shared through the School Messenger system on May 8th.

These will be safe, organized and respectful drills – emphasizing the critical understanding of why full evacuation might be the most appropriate response to a particular type of emergency (chemical spill, bomb threat, etc.).  We are working with the ONC BOCES Office of Safety/Risk Management to plan and implement these drills.  We will employ public safety officials, including fire and police, in the May 8 drills.

On-site evacuation drills are new to us.  On Tuesday, May 8, I will remind parents, guardians and caregivers of these drills using our School Messenger system in order to inform parents and caregivers by phone or text.  We are requesting and expecting 100 percent attendance and participation from students and staff that day.

If you are not yet signed up for the School Messenger system or have had a recent change in phone number or email please contact your child’s school building secretary so that we can have the most current information available to keep you informed.  Classes will resume for regular dismissal at the regular time.  If you have scheduled an early sign-out for your student (accompanied by a written excuse) please contact your building secretary as soon as possible before May 8.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact your building principal.  Further communication will come through School Messenger on May 8.

Thank you for your continued support,

William Crankshaw

Superintendent of Schools

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