Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Safety Drills

October 19, 2015

Dear Folwell Families, 

Rochester Public Schools strive to make our schools safe and welcoming environments.  In collaboration with The School Safety Network, we are updating and practicing our safe schools procedures.  Folwell Elementary, along with other elementary schools in the District and SACC, have installed the school buzzer system. This limits access to our school building in addition to having video monitoring and door alarms on every door. We also continue to practice the state mandated fire, tornado, lockdown and evacuation plans.

Rochester Public Schools has been proactive in training staff in crisis response.  As a school, we will practice a lockdown and talk about what to do in the event of an emergency situation.  We know that every situation may need a specific response; therefore, students will be discussing with their classroom teacher hiding, running and barricading.  Although these are very difficult conversations, it is our priority to be preventative and prepared.  Below are ‘talking points’ that classroom teachers will use following the drill. Be assured that your child’s safety is our utmost concern.

Please speak with your child after the practice about school safety, the same as when talking about safety in the home and in the community.  Emphasize to your child that schools are safe. If you need assistance in speaking with your child about school safety the following resources may be beneficial.  


You are also welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Thank you,

Wendy J. Moritz, Principal

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