Yesterday’s tragedy in Florida is a community’s worst nightmare. It also reminds us of the importance of safety and security in schools. We want to assure our families that our schools have been updated with modern security features including keyless entries, remodeled front offices where visitors must identify themselves and have doors unlocked before they can gain access to the schools, bullet resistant glass and the presence of a security resource officer on our campus. Additionally, and most importantly, our staffs have been trained in security protocol, and we conduct periodic drills to ensure everyone knows their role during a crisis.
School safety is everyone’s concern. Research shows that most school attackers tell someone about their plans. Parents, please talk to your children about telling you or another trusted adult if they hear anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or raises concern. Remind them they can go online to our website, www.salemschools.com, and report issues of concern anonymously. The safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.