Today I met with all students to discuss some changes in our safety precautions, as well as some reminders of expectations for behaviors. As I told the students, I wanted to ensure communication to all parents/guardians about today's meetings. Three of the top priorities for our school are School Safety, Student Supervision, and Protecting Instructional Time. With these priorities in mind, below you will find highlights from my discussion with students.
Morning Arrival - I reminded students about the areas that are open to them as they arrive to school. There are several specific areas that are supervised for students prior to the beginning of the school day - Singleton Gym, Cafeteria, Computer Lab, and Student Learning Center (HS only).
Additional Safety Precautions - Dr. Hatchett has implemented meetings with the KY Center for School Safety, KY State Police, Berea Police Department, and Madison County Sheriff Department regarding our district's Emergency Planning. Based on the recommendations from the outside organizations there have been some changes/trainings implemented or planned. These changes will mean some changes to student movement within the building, I discussed the safety precautions that have been or will be implemented with the students to keep them updated on changes. The changes we have made increase limited access to our classroom areas.
Cell Phone Usage - I also reminded all students on respectful and responsible use of cell phones within the building. Students should only use cell phones in the classroom for instruction when directed to do so by a teacher. Personal use of the cell phones in classrooms is not acceptable, and disrespectful to teachers who work hard to provide opportunities for learning. However, we do realize that there may be rare times when emergencies occur and have asked students to be respectful in requesting permission to step outside the classroom to respond. Many times students feel they must respond immediately to parents, thus causing conflicts with teachers. We ask that if there is an immediate emergency please call our front office and we will contact the student. For non-emergencies we ask the students to wait for appropriate times. All students have ample time during transition time from each class to respond to text messages, and would like to remind everyone that transition times occur from 9:10 - 9:15, 9:50 - 9:55, 10:45 - 10:50, 11:40 - 11:45, 1:10 - 1:15, 2:10 - 2:15. In addition, students have the opportunity to respond to texts during their lunch.
One last issue I addressed was the carrying of outside drink containers, such as "Polar Pops" or cups from fast food restaurants. Students are allowed water bottles (plastic or metal) throughout the school day, but the outside cups/containers should not be brought into the building simply due to unnecessary mess and trash.
I want to compliment all of our students for their respectful and attentive behavior during the meetings. We simply have the best students, who understand our need to improve safety, and have reminders for concerns that negatively affect our facility and school climate.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Donna Lovell, Principal