Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we enter into the Memorial Day Weekend, we not only mourn the military personnel who have died while serving our country, we also mourn the senseless loss of the lives of two courageous teachers and 19 innocent, fourth grade students. The District understands that there is much anxiety surrounding school safety following such a tragic event and want to ensure our families that our student and staff safety has always been the District’s priority and will continue to be at the forefront of our planning.
Although the District cannot guarantee that a similar event will not happen, we have implemented several proactive strategies to ensure our buildings remain a safe learning environment. Locked classroom and exterior doors, visitor screenings, and video surveillance is daily protocol. Double entry doors require visitors to be screened using Raptor Technologies, a system that scans visitor IDs and immediately alerts the administration of any visitor identified as a risk.
In past years, fire and tornado drills were the only drills practiced by schools. Today’s society has added intruder and lock-down drills to the list. These drills are not practiced to scare students, but to prepare them in case the unthinkable happens. Our staff is also trained to react to an intruder and understand the importance of the drills and their roles during an event. In addition to the scheduled building drills, the District partners with the Cameron Police Department each fall to practice the protocols and procedures in the event of an intruder.
An important piece of the success of our planning is the support of our families. If age appropriate, take some time to discuss the recent tragic events with your child. The District will continue to reflect and learn from events happening nationwide to ensure we are providing the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff.
Cameron R-1 Administrative Staff