AWTREY Lockdown 10/09/14 Letter from Mr. Crawford

To Our Awtrey Families:

I want to follow up about today’s emergency incident.  I appreciate the support from our local police department in addition to our school district’s department of Public Safety.  I also appreciate the communication from our county office as we addressed the needs within this situation.  I am proud of the response from our school staff and students as we secured the building as a precautionary measure to help ensure the safety of everyone within the school.  While the perceived threat was located off campus, the proximity to the school warranted the use of our code red protocol.

We took steps today to update staff and students within the school about the situation, and we also sent updated information to our school community by using our e-mail system in addition to our school website and our PTSA Facebook page.  I visited each grade level lunch period to update them about the incident in addition to providing a review of the need for the code red.  During this time, I also thanked the students and staff for their efforts today, and I am proud of how they made the best of this challenge.

We are blessed with an amazing staff at Awtrey, and the students were cared for in the same manner as if they were our own children.  I understand the anxiety that is created within our community when emergency situations arise, and I value the trust you have in us to protect and serve your children.  While needed procedures progressed well today, I welcome feedback for us to consider recommendations to be even more effective in the future.

Please contact me if you have any feedback about today’s incident that could assist with serving our students and community even better.  I also welcome feedback if there are any additional supports that may be needed to help your child better understand and process today’s events.  While there was not a threat within the school building, we understand the stress that may be created within any emergency situation.  I appreciate your help in reviewing with your child the need for safety measures to help people stay safe.

Thank you for your continued support.  We value the privilege to be our community’s middle school, and we value your partnership to serve our students.

Sincerely,

Jeff Crawford

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