The safety and security of our students, staff and our school is very important to us.
We wanted to share that, in the past few weeks, there have been a series of incidents in the West 90's that we need to be aware of in order to ensure that everyone stays safe when in the neighborhood of our school. It has been reported in the media that there has been a spike in crimes around our area. We need to be vigilant when walking home after school, specially now that it's dark by 4:30pm.
Last wednesday, November 25th, at 8:40 PM, there was a fight between two adults who were playing basketball in our building. As you know, the DOE rents out space for community use when students are not present. After a verbal argument, one man injured the other during their altercation.
After a meeting between all principals, the office of Safety and Youth Development, School Safety and our Superintendent, we reviewed all safety protocols. School Safety has been very proactive in keeping our facility safe. The adult basketball has been cancelled until further notice. Please know that other groups use our building, and have done so for many years, without any issues.
We've worked hard to keep our students and staff safe, and have a safety plan in place. We are prepared, and these kinds of events and emergencies are why we practice our lockdown and evacuation drills. Please remember that School Security is on the premises until 10PM, and we always get extra security when we hold events in the evenings.
Please speak with your children about going directly home after school. It is important for us to keep children safe and supported in the hours after school.
Here are some student safety precautions for getting to and from school:
* Walk in groups or pairs
* Travel on a designated route and check in with a responsible adult when arriving home
* Be aware of your surroundings, should walk on the sidewalks and in well-lit areas
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your vigilance and for helping us keep everyone safe.