Important School Safety Update

 

School Safety

Dear Menaul School Families,

We had a productive School Safety meeting on Monday, March 5th at 5pm. With over 25 families represented, we had three important discussions.

Mr. Gilbert led a discussion where

  1. We reviewed the school’s current school Emergency Procedures and how they were created and implemented.
  2. Based on the parent’s input, the group developed a list of possible improvements to our current safety practices:
  • Parent safety drills / Crisis plan
  • Emergency text alerts
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Teacher training
  • Fire / Bullet-proof doors and windows
  • More secure locks / use of keycards
  • Community involvement
  • Limit campus access
  1. Julie Shuler-Misra and Mr. Gilbert outlined best practices for safe social media use by students:

Mr. Gilbert highlighted what advisors are discussing with their students

  • If inappropriate, what you put on line can and will get you in trouble at school.
  • EVERYTHING you post become public—there are no truly private venues on line.
  • What you post on line can build or detract from building positive relationship and community.

Ms. Shuler-Misra emphasizes that parents need to be appropriately involved with their child’s social media presence. She also urged families to “Wait Until 8th” before providing kids with smart phones.

https://www.waituntil8th.org/

We discussed briefly the Internet and Safety handout prepared by our Instructional Technologist, Tiffany Lo-Finch. (link attachment)

We promised a follow-up meeting that we will set for late- April.

The meeting concluded at 6pm.