Dear Parents and Guardians,
This month we will be turning the clocks forward and we will all appreciate the additional sunlight that comes with it. Our children will have more time to play outside after school so we thought it is a good time to remind them about safety. Our teachers will be speaking with their students about keeping themselves safe and we are also hoping that it will be a topic that you discuss with your children in your homes.
It is good to remind children of all ages the importance of not talking to people they don’t know and who ask them to do something that doesn’t seem right, such as, get into their car or go into their home. Please remind them to always check with a safe adult when in a situation that seems unsafe.
Our teachers will be using the following to remind students about safety in the neighborhood:
Remember: never go anywhere, get in a car, answer questions, or accept anything from strangers - even if the person seems friendly. Grown-ups ask help from grown-ups, not from kids.
Always remember: NO-GO-TELL You should: l) Say NO if someone tries to come near you, touch you or makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, 2) GO quickly way from the situation, and 3) TELL a trusted adult.
Remember to keep yourself safe at home, at school, and in your neighborhood.
As always, we are partners in teaching children ways to be safe.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal. Thank for your continued support.
Ferderbar Elementary places a premium on student safety. Security initiatives currently in place include:
· A collaborative partnership between the school and the local Lower Southampton Police Department
and first responders.
· Security cameras covering the building-inside and out
· Door monitoring system
· Electronic “key cards” used for access control
· Video access control at the main entrance doors.
· Emergency procedures, handbooks and evacuation maps in each classroom.
· Fire and burglar alarm systems monitored 24-7.
Monthly Crisis Emergency Response Team meetings-our building safety committee which plans monthly drills including lock down, fire, and shelter in place drills.
The following are the drills that Ferderbar staff and students practice:
Shelter in Place: A Shelter in Place Drill is called to practice getting all of the students and staff into one centralized location inside the school. This way everyone is safe, accounted for and information can quickly and easily be passed to staff and students. We may Shelter in Place during severe weather.
Code Blue: A Code Blue Drill is called to practice getting all students and staff into the closest lockable room. This way everyone is safe locked inside a classroom. A Code Blue may be called if there is a human threat inside or outside of the school building.
Evacuation Drill: An Evacuation Drill is practiced to get all students and staff out of the building and to a centralized location. This way everyone is safe, accounted for and information can quickly and easily be passed to staff and students. We may evacuate for a fire.
Additionally, children will only be released to adults listed on the emergency information form. Talk with your child about listening and following directions at all times especially during an emergency. Report any safety concerns you may have to the principal. In event of an actual emergency parents arriving at the school may interfere with police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. Your help in allowing these professionals to effectively do their jobs is appreciated. In the event of an evacuation or early dismissal, we will do our best to notify you through the district and school website.
Thank you for your help as we work together to keep our children safe.