School safety has moved front and center for many in our state and our country. The scary events that took place in Parkland, Florida and even as close as Bucksport and Ellsworth, have certainly created pause for thought. Please know that we take student and adult safety very seriously in each of our school district buildings.
Each of our schools, our Adult Education Center and the District Services Facility have specific emergency plans that have been developed to react to a variety of urgent emergency situations. These plans have been vetted by the people at the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, which allows us to utilize best practices AND keeps the emergency agencies informed of our plans in certain situations. In addition, we do try to work with each local police and fire department to keep those folks apprised of our needs should we have an emergency. Lastly, please know that we have various drills in our schools throughout the school year to prepare our students and staff. Although we can never predict or be prepared for every situation, we are continually assessing our readiness.
When we receive information regarding student safety, we quickly and thoroughly assess each situation. If we receive a report from a student, staff, or parent, we take steps to determine whether there is an immediate danger or not. After we assess the risk, we utilize school employees or we access outside agencies (police, fire, and/or mental health) to neutralize the risk. In the end, we use our emergency plans to help return building operations back to normal in a way that minimizes the impact on students and staff. My explanation is intentionally general but it is supported by a very specific course of action.
Your role as a parent is extremely important. If you see something, say something. Please contact the school or my office if you are aware of any information or have concerns about student and/or staff safety. We will act on any risk that we deem credible. You are an important partner in our role to keep our students safe and to keep students learning in an environment that is free from danger.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (207)422-2017 or to email me at email@example.com. Thank you for all that you do to support our students, staff, and schools.