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Safety in the Duneland Schools a top priority

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The Duneland School Corporation has released a statement on school safety, asking the community to work together to promote safety in the schools.

The statement 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.

“Our school 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".

“Please encourage 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 statement concludes.


Posted 2/26/2018





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