December 14, 2012
Dear Mayfield Schools Parents and Guardians:
In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, I am writing to remind you that the safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.
With that in mind, I share with you what the Mayfield City School District is doing and what has been done to enhance and increase the safety of our students and staff. These measures include:
In the past three months, Mayfield officials have met with local police and fire officials to enhance our safety training across the district for students and staff
· Safety drills with students and staff were conducted at our schools this fall. Additional safety drills are scheduled
· Local police and fire officials have reviewed the crisis plans at every Mayfield school in partnership with the Mayfield City Schools Safety Committee
· A district-wide phone system, which includes phones in all classrooms, is equipped with panic buttons to alert the main office
· ALL exterior doors at our schools are locked. Buzz-in systems and video surveillance are in place at the main entrance at all schools
· School Resource Officers are present daily in our school district
· Principals have reviewed with staff their relevant safety procedures
· All visitors in our buildings are politely approached, assisted and asked to state their business.
· All school staff will wear their staff photo badges
· Shelter in Place supplies are available for all schools
· Emergency/Crisis kits are available for all schools
· Mayfield Schools Safety Reporting Helpline can be called anonymously to report suspicious behavior or threats: 1-866-547-8362
In addition to the safety procedures stated, we continue to engage with our local safety officials to review and strengthen our safety procedures.
We want our parents and public to know that we are proactive. We place the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority. If you have questions, please call me 440.995.7210
Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims, friends and family affected by this senseless act.
Keith Kelly, Superintendent
How to talk to your child about school violence
The crisis at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut is so difficult to imagine and to process for adults, but it can be even more confusing to children. As their parents, we know you want to be the one to filter information to them based on their age and their developmental level. You know your child best.
Many children may be asking their teachers and other children for answers. We will tell those children to discuss the situation at home instead of in the classroom. This will allow you, as parents, to determine the information your child receives.
In crisis situations, it is best to answer children as honestly as possible without scaring them or giving them unnecessary details. The following are some suggestions on how to explain the situation to children that have heard about it or have seen coverage on television:
Today, something sad happened at an elementary school. Someone came to school with a gun and shot some people. That person was caught by the police. The people that were injured are in the hospital and are getting very good care by doctors and nurses.
We are so lucky that schools are some of the safest places to be. That’s why at Mayfield Schools no one is ever allowed to bring any weapons to school and why the adults in the schools do everything they can to make you safe. You are so lucky to have so many grown-ups at school who care about you and your safety.
When speaking to your child, it is important to give them basic information and then bring it back to them and their safety.