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An Important Letter to Parents About School Safety


From Jay LeFevre, Superintendent


Dear Parents,


Protecting the safety and welfare of your child(ren) is the highest priority of our schools. The Pike-Delta-York Local School District has Building and District Safety & Crisis Plans that detail assignments and procedures to follow in case of an emergency (fire, tornado, bomb threat, natural disaster, intruder, etc.). Our Safety & Crisis Plans get reviewed, discussed and updated regularly. Safety drills are held at least monthly throughout the year to ensure staff and students have the opportunity to practice emergency responses and improve procedures. We also have a strong partnership with the Delta Police Department and have utilized the services of a School Resource Officer since 2007.


We work diligently to maintain safe schools and follow Ohio's “zero tolerance” law (O.R.C. Section 3313.534). This requires schools to maintain a safe school, free of violent, disruptive, or inappropriate behavior. According to law, students who use threatening language or behavior that is deemed to be “a genuine threat” (victim reasonably believes that violence could occur) will be suspended or expelled. Students and parents are encouraged to report to staff any threats or concerns regarding dangerous situations. Physical, written and verbal threats to the safety of our students and staff are taken seriously and investigated with the involvement of the Police or Sheriff’s office as necessary.


In response to crisis situations, our Crisis Team meets immediately to prepare for concerns that might unfold at school and at home. We also consider concerns relevant to any media coverage to which our students are potentially exposed. Principals and Counselors review materials and discuss specific plans in preparation for the school day. Staff meetings are then typically held prior to the start of the next school day to ensure teachers are ready to handle concerns proactively. A special emphasis is placed on age appropriate responses to student fears and needs.


We encourage you to talk with your child about safety measures and ways to respond. It may also be beneficial to shelter younger students from media coverage of violent or tragic incidents as it may heighten their fear. We invite you to speak with our Psychologist or School Counselors anytime you need assistance talking with your children about tragedy and/or crisis situations.


We want you and your child to feel safe and secure at school. We are confident that our security systems and procedures are thorough and well devised, yet we continually review and consider all aspects of those plans.


Thank you for your help and support of our efforts to maintain a safe learning environment in the Pike-Delta-York Local School District.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s safety or school procedures, contact the Building Principal. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or suggestions.


Jay LeFevre,
Superintendent

 

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