We at Fredericktown Local Schools, like all of you, are experiencing feelings of shock, grief, and anger in the aftermath of the tragedy in Connecticut. No one can guarantee safety, but know it is, and always will be, a primary focus of mine and this district.
We have been updating all of our safety plans since the beginning of the school year. Over the course of the last month and a half, I have, with Board approval, begun obtaining bids for new cameras that will improve building security and that also will allow local law enforcement agencies to view video from the cruisers. Procedures for lock down are posted and drills are conducted throughout the school year. Last Tuesday, the Board of Education approved a contract for a Safe School Helpline. This program will provide and maintain a nationwide toll free 800 telephone monitoring service for the receipt of information from our districts students, parents, employees and or others who have suspicions and or information of wrongdoing, illegal or unethical acts, which would include bullying. This helpline will be up and operational on January 1, 2013.
Over the course of the last year I have had several discussions with the Fredericktown Police Department and the State Highway Patrol regarding lock down procedures. I have offered our district as a practice site for all agencies including the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
I will continue to meet with building administrators to discuss safety. I will keep all of you posted with any changes or updates. In the meantime, please keep the families affected by this heinous act in your thoughts and prayers.
Superintendent of Schools