School Safety: How Can You Help?

School Safety: How Can You Help?
Posted on 05/18/2018

Suffolk Public Schools remains committed to provide a safe learning environment for all of our staff and students.

Repeated below is some information the Superintendent originally shared after the Florida school shooting in February. 

NEW DEVELOPMENT:  If you would like to donate money to the division or a specific school(s), special accounts have been set up.  A Suffolk parent group called Suffolk Parents for School Safety (SP4SS) -- together with SPS -- will use those contributions to purchase items to make schools were secure.  Learn more about this effort here:

Information the Superintendent originally shared after the Florida school shooting in February:

PLANS AND PRACTICE: Every Suffolk school has a crisis management plan approved by the Virginia Department of Education. All students, staff and administrators regularly participate in safety and lockdown drills to test their preparedness and understand their roles and responsibilities in the event of a crisis.

BUILDING SECURITY: Most schools have locked access control systems at the front doors.  We will be accelerating the installation of similar security systems at the remaining schools. In addition, we are hiring additional safety personnel to bolster building security and visitor authorization. We also use a combination of mobile metal detectors and drug screening dogs at all schools to monitor what is being brought into schools.

PARTNERSHIP: Suffolk Public Schools has a strong working relationship with the Suffolk Police Department. This partnership allows school administrators and police to work together quickly and efficiently on threat assessments, investigations, and any other safety concerns.

COMMUNICATION: We commend students and families for coming forward whenever situations make them uncomfortable. We take every piece of information and every cyber threat seriously. Parents, continue to encourage your children to report anything they see, hear or sense that could affect student, staff or school safety. 

These are just some of the measures we have in place to promote safety and security as our top priority. We are relying on you as partners in this process to keep our students and staff safe. 

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