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District 209 Reviews Security in Light of Connecticut School Shooting

December 17, 2012 03:03 PM
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Forest Park, IL...Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishes to express sympathy and our heartfelt condolences for the victims, the families, as well as fellow residents and colleagues of last Friday’s school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Officials with District 209 also wish to reassure parents, students and community members that the safety and welfare of students is a top priority in our schools, and reviews of our security procedures are currently being undertaken.

"Our schools are and will remain very safe," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, Superintendent. "We will exercise zero tolerance for anything that even appears to threaten the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Deans and security officers need to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior at this very vulnerable time."

In a letter sent to principals, Dr. Collins-Hart called for security officers to be on the alert for any copycats of last week’s tragedy or pranksters. She also said that principals can request extra school resource officers to help with security in all school buildings as needed.

While there is no plan that can totally prevent a random act of senseless violence, District 209 does have a plan in place that has been reviewed by school district security staff, and the District partners with local law enforcement to ensure a safe school environment. There are always lessons that can be learned from each incident, with plans to implement appropriate changes, if any, to the District’s security plan.

The District wishes to ask our community, parents and patrons for their patience and understanding since we have also begun additional security checks for people entering the buildings. Those with questions or concerns about security can contact their student’s high school security manager or principal, or the office of the Superintendent.
 
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