A message from FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY
Dear Franklin Parents,
By now many of you have heard of the horrible elementary school shooting in Connecticut this morning that has left, at last report, almost 30 people dead, many of them children. In my experience, when tragedies like this occur, even in another state, the local community becomes very concerned about practices and procedures at their own schools.
At Franklin School, our CSSP (Comprehensive School Safety Plan) is updated every year and reviewed with all staff. We have monthly emergency preparedness drills with all of our students that practice different emergency scenarios including fire, earthquake, and lock down. Our staff and students know what to do in each of these situations, and we practice them at different times of day (class time, recess, P.E., etc.).
In a situation similar to what happened in Connecticut today, we would immediately go on an all school “lock down”. We practice this, with our most recent lock down drill taking occuring three weeks ago. This took place while many students were out of their classrooms at recess/ P.E and our students did very well. They knew to go inside the nearest classroom and stay in there with that teacher until “all clear” is announced.
In addition, Franklin maintains a closed campus during the course of the school day. Our perimeter gates are locked during school hours and visitors need to be signed in at the front office, wear a badge and be buzzed through the double doors leading onto the main campus.
Our hearts go out to the families and educators in Connecticut as they work through this horrible event. I know that our students will also have questions and concerns. I encourage all parents to keep media off until they can address this with their children at home in the manner in which they deem appropriate.
If you have specific questions, concerns, or suggestions please call me directly.
Mrs. Tara Brown