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Safety Letter being sent home with students

February 27. 2018

Dear Black River Families,

In light of recent events regarding school security in our nation, I wanted to reach out to you and share with you that the safety of Black River’s students is always at the forefront of everything we do. 

At Black River, we have comprehensive building and district safety plans that are reviewed and updated regularly. The doors and windows at the buildings are locked at all times during the school day except during drop off and pick up times. During those times, staff members are always present.

All visitors to our buildings must sign in and wear a nametag while they are in the building.

We have security cameras at all of our main entrances. These cameras are linked to a buzzer system, which allows building secretaries to remotely unlock the doors to allow access. Additionally, we have numerous security cameras both inside and outside all buildings. We continue to upgrade the safety of our facilities as funding becomes available.

We also believe that awareness and training are vitally important. As such, our staff is ALICE trained and all of our buildings participate in regular lockdown and armed intruder drills. All employees are also trained to report items that do not appear to be normal or could be a potential threat.

Black River is fortunate to have a school resource officer who maintains a constant presence in our buildings. Since the tragic shooting in Florida, we have also increased the presence of law enforcement throughout the district. These officers are armed while they are on duty. We are grateful for the close relationship we have with our first responders, who continually provide their guidance and support to ensure student safety.

In addition to our safety measures, our goal is to create an inclusive environment where all students feel loved and safe. As always, the very best deterrent in many situations is forging and maintaining strong relationships and communications with staff, students, and parents; addressing mental health and behavioral issues, dealing with any bullying behavior immediately, as well as providing additional counseling supports for students and families.

Please also remind your child that if they see something or hear something that doesn’t seem right, to say something. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.


Chris A. Clark