February 28, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Ensuring the physical and emotional safety of our students is our top priority. The recent events in Parkland, Florida have heightened the conversation around school safety. Our hearts go out to the students, families and school staff in Parkland. Along with expressing our great sorrow and sympathies to the many affected by this horrific incident, this provides an important opportunity for us to share more with you regarding school safety.
Our school buildings are secured facilities. All 5 of our schools have locked entrances, security cameras and protocols for admitting visitors to any of our facilities. Continued improvement to school safety is a high priority within the district and an important item in our current facility plan. Our students and staff members practice school safety drills. Our local law enforcement officials are committed and responsive partners in addressing school safety. Fire and police officials from Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield meet annually with the district administration to review safety drills and practices.
In addition to the physical safety of our students, our school teams provide education, prevention and interventions to address the emotional safety and well-being of our students. Our district embraces philosophies and practices to provide welcoming and inclusive schools. Each of our 5 schools support a positive behavioral approach focused on providing our students with education and direction on positive and appropriate expectations.
Our teachers utilize a variety of approaches in social and emotional education and support, allowing children to be successful through positive social interactions. School psychologists and social workers are part of the team that addresses the unique social and emotional needs of our students. Students are provided learning opportunities about the importance and value of positive and appropriate relationships and digital citizenship, along with skills and strategies to restore and repair difficult interactions with others. This year, faculty and staff members have participated in a variety of professional learning opportunities designed to provide more skills and strategies to insure that all children are engaged, supported and successful in our District 96 schools.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s well-being, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher or principal. If needed, they can be instrumental in directing you to any needed interventions or have a conversation about your child’s well-being.
Please know your partnership, care and compassion are highly valued. We know that working together we can provide a safe, welcoming and inclusive educational environment and experience for all of our students.
Important announcements about District/Community Events:
- June 7 - Snow Make up day
- March 8 - Kindergarten Registration - see www.district96.org for details
- March 14 - Strategic Planning Annual Update - 6:30 p.m. in the Hauser Learning Resource Center