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I know that we are all carrying heavy hearts as a result of the tragedy in Florida and our thoughts are with their community.
During times like this, we also can't help but think of our own children and the schools they attend. As principal, there is absolutely nothing more important to me than the safety of our students. Below, I have included a message from the FCPS Office of School Security which outlines the many steps the school & division take to keep our students safe.
If you have any questions about the safety or security of your children, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We will continue to keep the victims and the brave heroes in our thoughts.
Kevin West -Principal
From the Office of Safety and Security
Yesterday’s tragic event in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is another sobering reminder for all of us to continue to exercise due diligence when it comes to safety and security operations within FCPS. Because of the continuing potential of both intended and unintended threats to our schools, FCPS has focused a great deal of attention to emergency procedures, and is vigilant about protecting the safety of its students and employees. The school division has spent considerable time and effort in planning and practicing day to day safety and security measures, as well as addressing response to a major critical incident. Among these measures are:
· Physical Security (Locked doors, intrusion alarms, electronic door access, CCTV)
· Visitor Management System and Procedures (Deployed system wide)
· Emergency planning coordination with police, fire, and emergency management offices
- Comprehensive division-wide crisis management plan
- Individual school crisis plans-updated annually (includes evacuation, and parent reunification plans)
- Lockdown, Fire, and Tornado Drills
- Table Top exercises at all schools
- Critical incident terms awareness and training (Lockdown, Secure the Building, Shelter in Place, Stay Put Stay Tuned)
- Threat assessment process
- Confidential tip, text, and email programs
- Uniformed school security patrols (24x7)
- Employee training in crisis management and communication. (Lockdown, Evacuation, and “Run, Hide, Fight”)
- SROs at all middle and high schools
- FCPS security personnel at all middle and high schools
In specific response to the Parkland incident, FCPS school security has increased its presence at schools, and the Fairfax County PD has ordered an increased patrol presence near and around our schools. While there are no specific threats to our area, this step is being taken out of an abundance of caution, and to provide reassurance to students, staff, and the community after the events that occurred in Florida yesterday.
While no methodology is fool-proof, FCPS is fortunate to be in an area where the school division and the county work together to take every precaution in the event of an emergency. This is a continual process in which FCPS will always look to improve our safety and security footprint. Safety and security is everyone’s job. Staff, students, parents and the community at large are reminded to incorporate safety and security awareness as routine, and to immediately report any unusual activity to the authorities.
Our thoughts are with the families and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the residents of Parkland.
Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on February 19 for Presidents Day
All FCPS schools will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the 2017-18 school year calendar.Welcome to Mira Tadros
Mira Tadros is our new School Information Assistant working in the front office. She will be among the first to greet you each time you visit Sunrise Valley. She is also the primary contact for student registration and records. Ms. Tadros joins us from the FCPS Human Resources office. She has replaced Joan Friedman who is now working at South Lakes.