T/E Schools Set Special Meeting on Security

The Tredyffrin Easttown School District is planning a special public meeting tonight to discuss school safety and security.

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting massacre, the Tredyffrin Easttown School District is planning a special 7 p.m. public meeting tonight on security in T/E school buildlings.

According to an announcement from the district administration, school officials will be joined by a panel that will include the Superintendant and Chief of the Tredyffrin and Easttown police departments and other experts on school security.

Question cards will be available to allow anyone with a question to ask the panel. The meeting will be recorded and aired on Comcast Channel 14 and Verizon Channel 20.

A copy of the agenda is available on the T/E School District website and is also attached to this article as a pdf.

This is the announcement made December 21 by the district:

In response to the December 14, 2012 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the Tredyffrin/Easttown School Board and administration will hold a community meeting on school safety on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Valley Forge Middle School auditorium.

The meeting will feature a panel of experienced safety experts including representatives from the Tredyffrin and Easttown police departments, District building architects and representatives from the District Safety Committee. The panel will review the District’s safety protocols in place, and present information on recently added security measures and plans to evaluate enhancements to school safety. There will be a question and answer period for parents and community members following the presentation.

Immediately upon learning about the incident in Newtown, the school community began to respond to the tragedy. Principals had staff in place to respond to questions and concerns at the school level. District officials talked with Tredyffrin and Easttown police chiefs and reviewed District safety protocols. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Waters released a letter expressing sorrow for the entire Newtown community and provided resources for parents on how to talk with children about tragic events. The District deeply appreciates the efforts of our staff members and local authorities as they work together to support our students during this challenging time.

Additionally, the District is grateful for the comments and feedback it has received from parents and community members. While the safety protocols put into place by the District Safety Committee have served T/E schools well, the recent events in Connecticut have prompted the District to reassess its security procedures and solicit input from local police and emergency officials.

The T/E School District encourages parents and community members to attend the School Safety meeting on January 9, 2013 to learn more about school safety and new security measures in our schools. The School Safety meeting will be videotaped and later aired on T/E TV, Comcast Channel 14 and Verizon Channel 20. The TV schedule for the meeting will be posted on the T/E School District web site, www.tesd.net<http://www.tesd.net/>, once it becomes available.


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