"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve"
— Roger Lewin
A reminder that Wednesday, October 18th will be an early release day for students. They will be served lunch and dismissed at 11:55 am.
We will conduct our annual ALICE drill on Friday October 20th. ALICE drills are included as part of our school safety training. An ALICE drill is to practice what to do if there is an intruder in our school. Similar to fire, lockdown, and evacuation drills it is important for our students and staff members to know what to do in the event that there is an intruder in our school.
The district Crisis Team, comprised of educators, law enforcement and the fire department have created an age appropriate powerpoint presentation for elementary students that explains what an ALICE drill is and why it is important for us to practice. In very simple terms we explain that an intruder is someone that is not supposed to be in our school and when an intruder comes into a school teachers and the principal want students to be safe. We will reassure students during the presentation that intruders hardly ever come into schools, but just like fire drills we need to practice just in case, so that we can stay safe. Students will know that it is a practice drill.
Below is a link to the WPS Web Site that explains more about the ALICE drill. There is also a link to a video presentation that was recorded during the October 9th Parent Information Session. http://wakefieldpublicschools.org/WPS/alice-information/
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Smith, Superintendent of Schools will host a Learn Anywhere parent information night on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Galvin Learning Commons.
Have a great week!