All too often gun violence and mass shootings top the headlines in America, causing anxiety and confusion among young people. Keeping your children safe while at school is our district’s top priority. Although our country has seen sad and frightening violence over the years, we still believe Postville Community School District is a safe place to be. Consider the following safety precautions that are in place at Cora B. Darling Elementary.
- All visitors have to identify themselves at the elementary doors before entering the building.
- A staff member is available to watch cameras from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM each day.
- All exterior doors are locked throughout the school day.
- Fire, tornado, and evacuation drills are done routinely throughout the school year.
- A safety committee meets regularly to discuss drills, policies, and procedures.
- Our staff is having on-going discussions with students about what to do in case of an intruder. Those discussions should continue at home with parents having conversations with their children. Discuss where students will go in the event of an intruder, and where you, as parents, might be able to find them and pick them up. This information should be kept confidential for each individual family.
- Age appropriate training include “run, barricade, fight back, and communicate.” These are research based strategies to help empower our students and staff in case of an intruder entering the building.
We will be practicing our first evacuation (intruder) drill on Wednesday, November 14. We will practice three basic commands: Shelter in Building, Shelter in Place, and Evacuation. Our teachers will be working with their students to provide developmentally appropriate information as to why we are practicing this type of drill. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about our school safety plan.
Principal Jennifer Schutte
Cora B. Darling Elementary School