In recent weeks, due to the school tragedies throughout the country, much discussion has centered on school safety. As a district, our hearts go out to those directly affected by these incidents. As a result, we immediately think about how we are securing our facilities and protecting our staff and students. We are listening and working together with parents, community members, and law enforcement to insure that all voices are being heard. Our students and staff have received the 4E active intruder training. This method is widely accepted among the safety and law enforcement community.
It is our top priority to create a safe and nurturing environment for students. Instilling faith in our systems is an utmost priority. We work in collaboration with the Belleville Police Department to have School Resource Officers at both of our schools. The Belleville Police Department has assured us that at no time will an officer be pulled from our campus for other duty. In addition, we have made concerted efforts to employ trained security professionals to help increase our ability to secure our campuses.
We are working with the Belleville Police Department to implement periodic security vulnerability assessments and make improvements or changes when necessary. We will continue to refine our procedures to meet the ever changing demands these situations create. As you may know, during the last several years we have had incidents where students have brought prohibited weapons, look-a-likes or ammunition on campus. In fact, a student was found to be in possession of two bullets in his backpack just this afternoon. We need everyone’s assistance to make our young people understand the seriousness of these actions. The student does not possess or have access to a firearm, and did not make any threats. This appears to have been just a very poor choice. These items pose a significant risk to our school community and will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.
Belleville Township High School District #201 has created two new ways our community can communicate about school safety. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 222-8222 and leave a message. We will be checking these on a regular basis.
We frequently say that the safety and security of our students is our top priority, we hope that these efforts illustrate our dedication to this effort.