Dear Parents, Educators and Friends,
America has experienced a heartbreaking tragedy. We want to join our voices with the countless others across our country in expressing our condolences to the families and victims in Florida. It is clear that we must do everything we can possibly do to protect students, teachers and to keep our schools safe. Since the events of last week, we have been getting calls from many concerned parents, as well as community members inquiring on what can be done to help secure our schools and assess the current security measures that are in place.
The East Dubuque School District has been executing proactive measures over recent years to ensure the best safety of our students. Annually, the District administration meets with area leadership and law enforcement agencies at both the city and county levels to review our ED School District Emergency Response Plan. This team assesses the strengths and weaknesses in our protocols. Any identified weaknesses are revised to ensure the safety of all. The District has provided staff with a variety of training opportunities, including an “ALICE” training that provided role-play scenarios for staff with law enforcement. Our schools have locked doors, and visitors must be “buzzed” in. We have a high quality security camera system that is accessible to administration and office staff 24/7. All staff have classroom telephones, and most have walkie-talkies for fast and effective communication during emergencies. Daily, the City of East Dubuque law enforcement officers are on site during the bussing times and patrol the property throughout the day to continually monitor the schools.
No one can predict the future, but we can best prepare for the worse case scenario. Our District and City are doing our best to ensure every member of the East Dubuque School community has a positive and safe experience every day.
How can you help with this process? Here are some helpful steps visitors to our schools can follow:
- Make appointments; do not just stop in to see a teacher or student.
- Buzz the bell and be prepared to identify yourself to the school secretary.
- Check into the office immediately; do not go to a room or office without a visitor badge.
- Never allow someone to follow you into a building once you have been allowed to enter.
- Do not get upset if you are asked to show ID or wait for confirmation to enter.
- Follow the pick-up and drop-off procedure so additional cars are not near the students.
- Thoroughly read the student handbook and know our building expectations to avoid confusion.
- If there is an emergency, DO NOT come to the school building. Await notification and go directly to the identified location for student reunification.
- Join Twitter and have the District website saved for quick references to updates and newsfeeds on your mobile devices.
We appreciate the support and dedication of our parents, educators, law enforcement and community friends. Together we can be an effective deterrent to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. In addition, always remember, if you see something, say something! In most tragic events, someone knew the intensions of the perpetrator. Persons with relevant information who would like to remain anonymous can contact Jo Daviess County Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117.
Mrs. Tori S. Lindeman Chief Steve O’Connell
Superintendent of East Dubuque Schools East Dubuque Police Dept.
Below is the link to the Perfromance Learning findings document that was reviewed in the February 21, 2018 Board of Education Meeting.