The tragedy that took place last week at a school in Florida certainly shook the nation. It has once again placed the issue of school safety front and center in the media and certainly the minds of school officials, teachers, students and parents. As a result of this horrific event, I have spent time praying for the victims’ families, law enforcement, and school leaders as they navigate through the next few weeks. Since last week, I have joined in conversations and prayers with some of you. As I consider these conversations and the weight this event puts on my heart, I would like to share my thoughts and our efforts regarding various aspects of our safety plan with you.
One of STJ core values is Quality Learning Environment. As we strive to meet this value, we have put a strong emphasis on school safety. As a result, we actively consider our emergency response protocols and procedures. In addition, we routinely assess daily practices and methods focusing on remaining proactive in an ever-changing student safety environment. In conjunction with our local police and fire departments, we routinely update procedures that include how to handle all emergencies from fire and tornados, to lockdown and intruder alerts. Teachers receive training on these procedures from our administrative staff as well as our local first responders. While no amount of planning and training can make our systems perfect, we are committed to continual improvement as we adapt to an ever-changing world.
We appreciate the opportunity to provide a safe environment within a well-known community. While we hope to never use our emergency plans, we want you to know that we actively work to ensure these plans align with best practices. As you consider last week’s events, I urge you to join with me in prayer for the families who have been directly affected along with the safety of students attending schools across the nation. As we move forward, I pray that you feel confident in the safety of your child at STJ and celebrate the quality environment they are able to enjoy.
God’s Peace -
St. John School Principal