From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. Giarrizzo Safety and Security Update
Dear North Shore Parents and/or Guardians,
Over the course of the year, we have been evaluating and improving our safety and security practices and protocols. The process has been deliberate, thoughtful, and aimed toward ensuring that our schools are secure, safe, welcoming and warm places for children to learn. The recent tragic school incident in Texas is on the minds of everyone in our community. As our Nation continues to grapple with these heartbreaking events, I am writing to update you on the safety and security measures that we have put into place since my last North Shore community meeting on March 26, 2018. The following details the actions that we have since taken to enhance safety and security measures at the North Shore School District going forward:
The Rave One Panic Button System was installed and the Rave Mobile Safety Application (App) has been implemented on the cell phones of our administrators and key personnel.
A Walkie-Talkie, two-way communications system has been implemented throughout the District.
The Visitor Management System for our five school buildings has been selected by the Safety and Security Committee and an implementation plan is being developed. An ID badge/key card system was previously instituted for all faculty/staff.
An Anonymous (Confidential) Reporting System for students and community members has been selected.
Homeland Security Threat Assessment Reports will be completed by the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) within the next several weeks. Assessment reports of our seven district sites are in various stages of completion.
The external safety audit of the North Shore School District by the Altaris Consulting Group is in its final stages.
Exterior doors at all schools will continue to be locked throughout the day. Entry to schools will remain limited to the main entrances during the school day. These are staffed with security personnel, cameras, and live view software.
The assessment of security personnel in the District is underway to assure that all of our school buildings are being sufficiently monitored throughout the day and after school hours and into the evenings when the school is being utilized.
The wellness of our student body is of paramount importance to all of us. We will continue to work with our social workers and counseling department to build an integrated approach to social emotional teaching and learning at the North Shore Schools. This work has become a central component of our Strategic Planning Team focused on Social Emotional Learning.
On June 25, 2018, a mandatory Safety and Security staff development day has been scheduled for all administrators, faculty and staff. Training for everyone will be conducted by Officers Hedgecock and Brock of the NCPD as well as an Officer from the Nassau County Division of Homeland Security. In addition, faculty and staff will work to improve practices and protocols at the school-based level. These will be determined by the recommendations of the external audits.
I would like to reiterate to you that the security and safety of all of our students and staff is my very first priority. I will do whatever we can to support our students, faculty, and staff and continue to keep you all apprised of our efforts at the North Shore Schools. Once our analysis concludes, I will be leading a comprehensive report to the Board of Education and community with my short, medium, and long-term recommendations for the District.
If you are interested in participating on a school-wide Safety Team, you are welcome to contact your child’s principal in the new academic year. Wishing you an enjoyable and hopefully sunny, long Memorial Day weekend with your family and friends.