Lockdown – April 16, 2019
Parents & Friends,
As a precaution today I placed St. Mary’s School in an Exterior Lock Down (I mislabeled my text). There was a report from the Newman Center of a man entering their building looking to use the telephone. The man explained that he had just been released from the courthouse. I immediately put the school into a lock down and called the authorities. They were aware of the man and advised me to stay in lock down until an officer lifted it from the school. An officer did visit the school and lift the lock down.
In an exterior lock down no person will be allowed to leave the building for any reason (this includes recess, physical education, special education, speech, or parent pick ups, etc.) and no person will be allowed into the building for any reason. The main goal is to keep our students and staff safe from an issue outside of the building. In this case students and staff can continue teaching/learning and moving throughout the building.
While I know that news of a lock down can be scary for parents I must advise that you refrain from calling the school. Each staff member has a duty during a lock down and is unable to answer the phones. This also can cause a jam on our phone lines. The school has only two lines coming in for outside callers and at one point both were in use from calls coming into the school. You can reply to our Remind text system and I will do my best to answer your texts as fast as I can.
I appreciate your support and am very thankful to our staff and Mrs. Giese and Mrs. Altamirano who were both volunteering in the building at the time and helped us to keep our students safe and secure.