|‹ February 2018 ›|
February 19, 2018
Dear West Branch-Rose City Families, Students, Staff and Community,
I am writing you today in response to the recent tragic events that occurred in Parkland, Florida. First, I would like to extend our sympathy and most sincere condolences to all who were affected by this horrific event. Unfortunately, as we all know, sympathy and condolences will not help to ensure events like this do not happen in the future.
I want to personally assure you West Branch-Rose City Area School’s first priority is to provide a safe and appropriate learning environment. The best place to teach and learn is where students and staff feel safe to be in the school building.
As you know, our district initiated a locked door procedure and installed buzzers on each of our main entrances in the fall of 2015. Also, in 2017, we allocated the necessary resources to install and upgrade our security cameras in the district. In addition to these upgrades, each of our buildings conduct regular fire, tornado and safety lockdown drills with the students so they are prepared as to what to do in an emergency situation. We are not done improving the security of our buildings. We are in the process of reviewing safety protocols for drop off and pick up throughout the district. We are also working with local law enforcement agencies to gather their input and recommendations as we move forward with security upgrades and improvements. Local law enforcement agencies have also received extensive training to respond to emergency situations and have conducted ‘active shooter’ trainings in our buildings.
In conclusion, it is extremely important that all of you help us with ensuring our safety protocols are being followed. The ability to identify unlocked outside doors, uninvited building visitors or other violations of our protocols is paramount in the protection of our students. If you witness or hear anything that you perceive to be alarming, please communicate with a teacher, administrator, school staff person or local law enforcement immediately. Also, please talk with your students about paying close attention to the instructions from the adults during drills and emergency situations. The use of phones, in particular, can be a major distraction in an emergency and could put students and staff in additional danger.
I want to thank all of you for being part of a very special school community and I welcome any of you who have questions or concerns to please reach out to your student’s principal, or myself. As always, you can contact me via email or by telephone.
Phil Mikulski, Superintendent
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools