February 21, 2017. From the Desk of Superintendent Porterie.
Last Wednesday, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, our nation experienced yet another public school massacre. Unless and until our elected officials take the necessary steps to prevent access to military-style firearms by persons bent upon assassinating innocent school children, we public school officials must do our best to make our facilities as safe as possible.
Accordingly, the following procedures will be mandated, effective immediately:
- Every principal, assistant principal, and security officer must familiarize themselves with the district’s Emergency Management Manuel;
- Every principal and/or designee, at every staff meeting, will discuss an aspect of building and student security, and answer definitively all question posed by staff on those subjects;
- Exterior doors must be kept locked at all times. If for some reason exterior doors must be opened during the school day, the principal or designee must first contact the office of Director of Maintenance Mark Rouly for assistance. Mr. Rouly’s mobile #: (409) 460-2146;
- No one, including PAISD staff, will be permitted to enter a building without following the building’s posted protocols. For example, a teacher should advise the principal’s office, in advance, if a parent has arranged a conference. If this has not been done, the parent will be refused entry, with the explanation that the teacher will contact the parent later to reschedule the conference;
- During student dismissal, those staff members responsible for facilitating the process will be on the alert for any unusual activity, or suspicious persons, that could affect the safety of students;
- At our request, Port Arthur police officers have agreed to increase their patrolling regimen in school areas;
- PAISD constables assigned to our schools will increase their patrolling as well;
- Mandated school safety drills for students will continue as required, with proper documentation timely completed for submission to federal funding authorities.
As we continue to plan and discuss additional means by which the safety of our students and staff can be ensured, we will welcome any suggestions or questions. As strong advocates for the right of every pupil to attain the exemplary education they deserve, their security on our campuses is a primary principle.
Dr. Mark L. Porterie, Superintendent of Schools
Office: 409-989-6238 |Fax: 409-989-6297
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