We hope everyone found our annual School Safety Staff Meeting helpful last week. We know the topic of active shooters and school safety can be hard to think about, but as Officer Scott Searcy stated, we must be proactive and think ahead so we will be better prepared to make quick decisions in the event of a true emergency. There was so much great information given in regards to best practices that we thought it might be helpful to give a brief recap of the highlights:
- When in doubt, call 911. In the words of Officer Searcy, if you are wondering whether or not you should call, call.
- In the event of an emergency, you have 3 choices: Run, Hide, or Fight. ANYTHING is better than nothing. So think through each of these options and go through a couple of scenarios in your mind pertaining to your specific teaching space(s), including the playground, park and black top.
- The average public shooting instance lasts less than 6 minutes. So quick action is essential. Anything you can do to deter the shooter from entering your space is extremely advantageous as they are likely to move on if they can’t enter the space quickly.
- Make sure you wear your school badge and carry your school key at all times. This visible symbol is extremely helpful to the influx of security that would arrive on location in the event of emergency.
- Once police arrive, the best thing to do is put your hands up and get out of the way. Move in the opposite direction of the police. The “hands up” signal communicates to the police that you are a “good guy.”
CSD Admin continues to be in contact and work with the Davidson Police Department to review our internal safety protocol and tweak our plans as necessary. Keeping classroom doors locked at all times is considered best practice, but we do not want to inconvenience staff. For the time being, we have decided to leave that decision up to each individual classroom, but best practice is to keep internal doors locked as well.
- First of all, please remember that supervision is essential. Teachers should never be looking at cell phones while supervising children at recess. Also, while we understand that it is fun for teachers to chat and catch up during their class’s play time, it is very important that teachers spread out and cover a wide range of areas on the playground and blacktop during recess. If students are using the grassy area above the black top, please make sure a couple of teachers are stationed there as well.
- If a child is ever going home in a different condition than they arrived at school, parents should be called. This includes the obvious injuries such as cuts, bruises, sprains, broken bones, etc… All of these accidents should be documented using the CSD Accident Report form (link below) and recorded in the Incident Binder located at the front desk. Please be sure to notify an administrator so they are aware of the incident.
- For Head Injuries, please do the following:
-Ice the point of impact.
-Fill out an accident report and add to incident binder.
-Immediately call parents and inform them of the incident.
-Notify an administrator.
*Follow this protocol even if the child “seems” fine or insists he/she is fine, and always call parents immediately for head injuries.
- For Back/Spinal Cord Injuries and Suspected Broken Bones:
-Do not move child
-Notify the front desk and an administrator immediately
- In other emergency situations:
-Call the Front Desk and alert admin immediately.
-We prefer to err or the side of caution, so if it is a true life- threatening emergency, call 911 right away. It is always best to call 911 from the room where the student is located so information can be relayed to the dispatcher.
-Admin will gather the facts and then the parents will be contacted (either by admin or the teacher depending on the situation).
-Complete Student Accident Report.
In all situations, if you are an adult helping a student other than your own, please make sure you notify the child’s teacher immediately so he/she can be kept closely in the loop.
To access a copy of the Student Accident Report, click here –https://docs.google.com/document/d/165Areljzv8Z7mNYqc1ag7Gfnm4zBBv9N5Ok2ijoRGJk/edit?usp=sharing
Please make sure this report is completed in the event of a student accident, and place a copy in the Red Binder at the Front Desk.
All medical emergency equipment (AED/defibrillator, Epi Pens, breathing masks, etc…) is located at the Front Desk in the medical cabinet behind the door to the admin offices. It is NOT in the First Aid cabinet in the workroom.
In closing, if you have any follow up thoughts, questions, or concerns based upon Wednesday’s staff meeting, please feel free to contact an administrator to discuss. We are so grateful for all you do to keep our students safe. There are three essential elements in keeping schools safe:
- Have a plan.
- Discuss the plan.
- Believe in the plan.
While we are not perfect and could never be fully prepared for every given scenario, we do feel confident about the procedures and protocol we have in place. And we feel extremely fortunate to have such a positive working relationship with the Davidson Police Department. As Officer Scott Searcy mentioned, their tactical knowledge of our building gives them a tremendous advantage when it comes to the safety of our school community. So please make every effort to thank them when you see them!
Juli, Leslie, and Marianne
Week At A Glance:
Monday, January 9th
Hosse to Huntersville Oaks
Tuesday, Jan 10th
K-7 Lottery Open House, 9:15 and 6:30
Wednesday, Jan 11th
Admin Annual Planning Day
Chris Hoover Teacher Leader
Thursday, Jan 5th
7th grade Education Day Davidson Basketball
Webb to Huntersville Oaks
Friday, January 6th
Jan 16– MLK Day Holiday–NO School
Jan 17 – ASE 3 Begins
Jan 18 – K-7 Staff Meeting in MS Black Box (Love and Logic)
Jan 19– K-7 Lottery Open House 9:15 a.m. – morning only
Jan 25 – Fresh Take Day of Observation
Jan 25 – K-7 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Jan 26– Teacher Workday – No School for Parents
Jan 26 – Barbara Coloroso Parent Talk – 7:00-8:30p.m at The Cove Church
Jan 27– Fresh Take Conference; No School for Students
Feb 1– K-7 Staff Meeting 9 Essentials Love and Logic®
Feb 2– Groundhog Day
Feb 2 – 1st Grade Heroes Play
Feb 3 – Elementary Spirit Friday
Feb 7-9 – Book Fair in MS Media Center
Feb 7 – 2nd Grade Kabuto Field Trip
Feb 7 – 1st Grade to Children’s Theater
Feb 7 – Parent Advisory at 9:00 at HS
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day and Celebrations!
Feb 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting – MS Black Box
Feb 16-17 – Teacher Workdays
Feb 16 – 6th Grade SLC’s
Feb 20 – NO School – President’s Day Holiday
Feb 22 – Grab and Go Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Feb 24 – MS Dance Performances
Feb 27 – CSD Lottery 4:00 – HS Black Box
Feb 28 – 4th Grade Mountain Unit Sharing
Mar 1 – K-7 Staff Meeting in Black Box
Mar 7-8 – AdvancEd Accreditation Visit
Mar 7 – Parent Advisory 7:30 at HS
Mar 8 – K-12 Staff Meeting (Accreditation Results)
Mar 9-10 – Teacher Workdays – NO SCHOOL
Mar 9 – 7th Grade SLC’s
Mar 14 – 6th Grade Butterfly Project
Mar 15 – K-7 Staff Meeting MS Black Box
Mar 17 – 3rd Grade Charlotte Symphony
Mar 17 – 7th Grade Asia Day
March 25 – CSD Auction
Week of March 20th – EOG Pre-testing and Data Analysis to be completed by 3/27/16
Week of Mar 27 – 5th Grade Operas
Week of March 27 – EOG Review and Prep Begins
Mar 29 – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
Week of April 3 – 5th Grade Operas
April 7 – 16 – Spring Break
April 17 – Classes Resume
Upcoming “BIG” Dates:
May 12-13 – Staff Retreat
Week of May 15 – EOG’s
May 30 – State of the School Address
May 31 – Last Day of School
June 1-2 – Teacher Workdays
Annual Health Inspection:
It is that time of year again when we will be receiving our health inspection any day… please keep and eye out for the below items and let me know if you see any issues.
We also would like for you to help spread the word to all the parents you know that Barbara Coloroso is going to have a parent lecture the day before the conference. All parents are invited!
“Parenting with Wit and Wisdom: Helping Children Become Self-Disciplined, Compassionate, Responsible, Resourceful and Resilient Human Beings” on January 26 at 7PM at the Cove, 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville. Doors open at 6:45 for general seating. This is a free event (but we wouldn’t decline donations to offset costs.)
Please make sure you are reminding your students to work on their class Valentines. All Valentines should be signed by each student as well as edited by the parents. Thank you for your help with this!
As we approach the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday we thought you might find some of these resources helpful from Edutopia (link below). As the article mentions, teaching about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy should not be limited to January, but focused on throughout the year.
In addition, one of our school improvement plan goals for this year is to broaden the perspectives of students, staff, parents, and greater community to promote compassionate understanding and decrease a sense of “otherness.” We have created a bookshelf in the front office area to help with this goal (please do not drop off items on these bookcases). You can come and find various books to use for your classroom. Please return them when you are done.