Thursday, May 24, 2018

Superintendent letter about secrurity and preparedness

Dear Resident,

Over the past several months, our schools have been working with our local law enforcement and emergency services agencies in a comprehensive review of our school safety plan and procedures. Our students have routinely completed mandated fire drills, lockdown, lockout, shelter in place and evacuation drills as outlined in our school’s plans. Throughout my time at the school, I have been impressed at the level of attention that our safety team and staff pay to these drills. The Royalton-Hartland Central School District has the most comprehensive plan and implementation of school safety of any school I have seen in my 30 years in education.

This past week, we instituted our next phase of school security and have installed a school registration system for all guests in our school. The system will require all visitors to share their license which will be scanned into our system prior to entering the school. The system will allow our Principals another level of security knowing that the visitor is appropriate for the school, and when needed, a child is released to a person who has the appropriate permissions in our student management system. The change in process may create some brief delays at our front desk and I ask that you please be patient as we roll out the system.

Our school’s safety team, administration and staff continually look to ways to improve our systems and ultimately the safety of our students and staff. I am grateful for all those within our community who continue to support our efforts and encourage everyone to continue their efforts.

As always, I hope that you will make an effort to reach out and visit when you see me around the schools and town.

Dr. Hank Stopinski
Superintendent of Schools