The Duneland School
Corporation has released a statement on school safety, asking the community
to work together to promote safety in the schools.
reads: “In light of the recent events in Florida, Kentucky and other states
where school shootings have taken place, the Duneland School Corporation
would like to assure our families that we are very committed to the safety
and security of our students and staff. We are fortunate to have a strong
working relationship with our local police departments including the Porter
County Sheriff’s Department and the Chesterton and Porter Police. We
currently have two Chesterton Police officers assigned to the middle and
high school and our Manager of Safety and Security makes a continuous
presence in our buildings. In accordance with state statutes, we practice
safety drills during the year and we annually review and update our
emergency preparedness plan.
district is working closely with the Porter County Safe Schools Commission.
This commission, which meets monthly, is consistently seeking upgrades,
improvements and new ideas with a focus on school safety. We are currently
working through plans to allow police officers to have 24/7 access to our
buildings and for the local police to be able to access our video camera
system in the event of an emergency or crisis. More locally, we are
considering increasing the safety drills to match the same number of fire
drills required each month. In the coming weeks, we will be reviewing our
safety protocols beginning with our employees at Chesterton Middle School
and Chesterton High School.
“In the past week,
several parents have expressed a desire to help our students and our schools
and we sincerely appreciate this commitment to our children. We encourage
parents to talk with their children about the importance of following the
directives of adults in an emergency. We also place a high value on the
phrase “if you see something, say something".
your children to share their concerns of safety or security with you, a
trusted adult or employee of our schools.
“We understand the
anxiety and the fear, which has come because of the horrific school
shootings across America. While we are shocked and saddened that such
horrible things exist, we will use the lessons learned in these tragedies to
strengthen our safety practices.
“Thank you in
advance for your continued support and collaboration in assuring the safety
and security of the most precious part of our community, our children.” the