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New Security Policies at Ridglea Hills

posted Feb 20, 2013, 6:55 PM by Ridglea Hills PTA
New Security Policies at Ridglea Hills
In the wake of the tragedy of December 14th, we as a school are reviewing and reassessing our school safety plan.  State law mandates that every school conduct a fire drill every month.  We also perform a Fall and Spring lock-down drill and tornado drill.  We often ask Mr. Burns, our police liaison, to observe and review our drills, so that we ensure we are running the most efficient and safe procedures possible.  
Our goal is to prepare children to feel confident and comfortable that in an emergency situation they know what to do.  We encourage you to talk to your children about safety drills and remind them of the importance of practicing every drill as if it were a genuine emergency. 
            Michelle Henderson, our PTA president, and I recently visited Tanglewood Elementary to investigate the electronic door security system their PTA purchased for the school last year.  We were both very impressed with the ease of the system and the security of the building.  We will be sharing more information about the system at the next PTA meeting.
            I want to assure you that your child’s safety is our number one priority and that we do have a safety plan in place to ensure everyone’s safety in the event of an emergency. 
We recently met with Mr. Burns and Mark Bethany, the Emergency Preparedness Director for the District, to review our procedures for visitors in the building.  We were given several recommendations for making our school safer that we will implement immediately.
  • All visitors must check in at the office upon arrival at school.  Visitors must show a picture ID and the office staff will sign the visitor in.
  • During the school day 8:00-3:00 students will be brought to the office for early dismissals rather than parents taking the early dismissal slip down to the classroom.  Forgotten lunches and school items will be taken to the classroom by school personnel.
  • After 8:00 students will get a tardy pass in the foyer and walk themselves to class.
  • We absolutely encourage parents to continue to volunteer in the classrooms during the school day, but they must sign in at the office and receive a volunteer badge.
  • All our staff has been trained to direct all visitors to the office for a visitor’s sticker.
We understand the recent changes may be inconvenient and take extra time; however we appreciate your help as we continue to take every measure to keep your child safe while here at school.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call 817-815-1700 or e-mail me at
Alice Buckley