Concerned

Georgetown, KY

#1 Dec 30, 2012
Who is in charge? What's the plan? Is there coordination between district administration and local agencies? If there are concerns, who should we contact at Central Office? Please provide a name & phone number. In the likely event that phone calls are blocked or not answered, should concerned parents wait by your office door? Are you located at Central Office or in the Bus Garage? And when are you available? School safety would make a great board meeting agenda topic. Any one else interested?
Quinn

Georgetown, KY

#2 Dec 31, 2012
The only individual ever in charge of school safety was the Director of Transportation, John Beckstead, but it was a ruse concoted by Dallas Blankenship that backfired and now no one is in charge. They are working hard at Central Office to appear that they have had a plan but the sad truth is they haven't and they are not prepared. Better late than never I guess but these people should not be in charge of a mini-mart, much less a school district! The new board members should insist on a school safety presentation at the Jan. 8th board meeting.
not da man

Richmond, KY

#3 Dec 31, 2012
I already spoke to a couple of responsible board members. On the 8th after the swearing in of the new members, that question will be addressed. Some of the information that will come out will floor and piss many parents off. Including the fact Putty would not allow any official first responders to do a vulnerability check on any of the schools. The state education safety officer does not have the time to check all the schools in the state. When he does stop by he only sees that they have a written plan. What does the plan cover? Is it up to date? I don't need to see the plan, I just want to know it covers all types of incidents. I want to be assured it is up to date. The districts idea of practice. Every February, just like 8 other states practice an earthquake drill. Then there is the statewide tornado drill. The maybe annual fire drill. The lockdown drill is done when the cops come through with a dog sniffing for drugs. What training do substitute teachers get on these plans? Are they even showed these plans?
I will be at the board meeting.
Sandra

Georgetown, KY

#4 Dec 31, 2012
I will be there too.
Concerned

Evansville, IN

#5 Dec 31, 2012
not da man wrote:
I already spoke to a couple of responsible board members. On the 8th after the swearing in of the new members, that question will be addressed. Some of the information that will come out will floor and piss many parents off. Including the fact Putty would not allow any official first responders to do a vulnerability check on any of the schools. The state education safety officer does not have the time to check all the schools in the state. When he does stop by he only sees that they have a written plan. What does the plan cover? Is it up to date? I don't need to see the plan, I just want to know it covers all types of incidents. I want to be assured it is up to date. The districts idea of practice. Every February, just like 8 other states practice an earthquake drill. Then there is the statewide tornado drill. The maybe annual fire drill. The lockdown drill is done when the cops come through with a dog sniffing for drugs. What training do substitute teachers get on these plans? Are they even showed these plans?
I will be at the board meeting.
There was a quick reference safety guide printed with funds from the Safe & Drug Free School Grant. Reference guides were distributed to all schools . Guides were provided for support staff including clerical staff, custodians, food service employees, parent volunteers and substitute teachers. Brief training on use of the guides & crises response was offered. Many teachers have the red emergency guides posted in their classrooms. Hope that information was provided to everyone. No one requested brief crisis training.

Later, a comprehensive crisis response manual was developed, paid for with grant funds and distributed to Central Office Administration and school staff. The individual assigned to develop the manual was disciplined and the usefulness of an indexed guide was questioned. Central Office staff suggested that principals could research emergency procedures on line. Is there sufficient time to research emergencies online? And what would happen in the event that computers could not be used due to power failures & viruses. An additional concern, lack of consistency across schools....every principal may reference a different site. A final concern is lack of direction from Central Office. Whose the district spokes person? Who should be contacted in the event of an emergency? The Center for School Safety provides free safety evaluations for schools. Why aren't we taking advantage of such services?
Concerned

Evansville, IN

#6 Dec 31, 2012
Please confirm the time, date and location of the board meeting where school safety will be on the agenda. I would like to attend.

Make sure that school safety is included on the board meeting agenda....and not as the very last item. A strategy commonly used to discourage discussion of a topic. By 9:30, press have left, parents have to be home. Put the architects at the end of the agenda. They are always pumped up and will keep the board in session until the next morning....explaining school construction brick by brick.-- Bring up important topics before board members are rendered brain dead by the long list of nonessential topics used to discourage input from parents and community members!
Worried

Winchester, KY

#7 Jan 1, 2013
I'm very worried about the safety of my kids at SCHS when is the next Board Meeting?
Jess

Georgetown, KY

#8 Jan 2, 2013
Tuesday, 1-8-13 at 5:30 and you should be worried though CO will be prepared to look prepared at the board meeting but the fact is they were not prepared.
not not da man

Georgetown, KY

#9 Jan 5, 2013
Surprise, surprise. According to the newspaper our secondary schools conducted a lock down drill Friday. Good timing! After Newtown and before the board meeting Tuesday night. The fact is our school system is derilict in many of its duties and the only thing they are prepared for is to lie to us!

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