Increased Security Measures
I hope this letter finds you enjoying your summer and extra time with your children. We are busy preparing for a successful 2018-2019 school year. I wanted to take a moment to share with you some security changes you will notice at our school during the 2018-2019 year.
All school doors will be locked until 7:45 AM. Only USD #342 staff members will be permitted into the building prior to 7:45 AM. Students or visitors will not be allowed in the building until 7:45 AM unless accompanied by a staff member. This will be an adjustment for our district. Please help ensure that your students are not arriving at a time that would require them to wait outside in changing weather conditions. At the end of the day, students and visitors will be required to exit the building by 3:40 PM, unless accompanied by a staff member.
We will be conducting monthly active shooter/crisis drills with our students. Staff will be discussing, with students, safety measures they can take to help protect themselves during these monthly drills. While a drill is being conducted, no one will be allowed to enter the building. During these drills or in the unfortunate event of a real situation, it is important for your child’s safety that cellphone communication stops. Failure to comply with this request can jeopardize the safety of everyone’s children. Safety of your children is the first priority of all USD #342 staff. District communication will not occur until the drill is complete or the safety of all children has been secured and there is no longer a threat.
Visitors to the building will be required to sign in at the elementary or high school/middle school office prior to being allowed access to the building. Parents or visitors will not be permitted to enter classrooms unless they are accompanied by a USD #342 staff member.
We want to be an inviting school and understand these and other changes can create inconveniences for all of us at times. However, student safety must take precedence over the minor inconvenience these changes may present.
Thank you for your understanding and help with this important matter.
Superintendent of Schools
USD #342 McLouth