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A Message from Mr. Ridder, Superintendent and PK-4 Principal

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Dear Parent or Guardian,

The school shootings in Florida and Maryland within the last month have raised an awareness for all of us. Every day you send your children to our school with the expectation that they will return home safely. As parents and educators, we think about what we are doing every day to make sure that this happens. Please rest assured that your children’s safety is a top priority.

I also want to take a moment to share with you some of the measures we take as a district to keep our schools safe. We have trained our staff in a variety of scenarios that may involve a legitimate threat. These include lockout, lockdown, and evacuation drills. These drills happen on a regular basis to make sure our staff is mentally prepared to respond at a moments notice if something horrible would happen. (Mr. Jacob Hedger, one of the members of our safety committee, has included an explanation of each of these drills in this newsletter). In addition, Police Chief Nate Christensen has agreed to heighten the police presence in our school. He is more than happy to do so.

Our administrative team hosted an assembly of our 7-12 students on March 27th to let them know what they need to do if they become aware of a potential threat to our school. We talked to them about identifying warning signs of a potential shooter. In most cases involving a school shooter there were warning signs and lives could have been saved if the signs had been reported. This also goes for you as parents. If you believe that you see or hear of anything that may cause harm to our students we need you to do the right thing and contact the school.

We also talked about what could happen if a student was to make an off the cuff comment about “doing a school shooting.” We explained the consequences for those making these comments. We informed them that when or if this would happen our safety team would evaluate the issue to determine if our students are at risk. If we have a threat made, joking or not, we will not take any chances. The student’s parents will be contacted and the local law enforcement will also be contacted. We will only contact ALL the parents if we feel that there is a legitimate threat to our school.

Please be assured that we are extremely vigilant about school safety. This is not something that is discussed, documented and then put on the back burner. We will continue to work to ensure the safety of all of our students at Logan-Magnolia CSD.

If you have any questions, please contact either school office.

 

 

 




 

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