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Important Changes to School Safety

When visiting any of our schools, all guests, no matter their frequency or familiarity, will be expected to state their purpose and show identification. If individuals wish to move into the school past the front desk area, they will be asked to provide that identification in exchange for a visitor’s badge. Upon returning the badge to office personnel, the identification will be returned to the guest prior to exiting the building. For more details about this new practice and other provisions of Senate Bill 1, please read “School Safety and Changes You Can Expect for the 2019-20 School Year,” which can be found on our website under Quick Links, “School Safety Updates for 2019-2020.”

A more thorough description of the definition and consequences of terroristic threatening can be found in an article entitled, “Changes to Management of Terroristic Threatening,” on our website under Quick Links, “School Safety Updates for 2019-2020.” In summary, parents and guardians need to be aware that school district officials (in coordination with responding law enforcement agencies) will pursue immediate legal charges for felony terroristic threatening in the second degree, to the absolute fullest extent of the law, against anyone who makes such threats, including students.

Also, if your student makes a threat against the school (direct, verbal, written, on social media, etc.), including false statements, that causes school to be evacuated, cancelled or ineffective due to fear, that individual could not only be charged for felony terroristic threatening in the second degree, but parents of students guilty may be financially responsible for recouping lost monies from school closings.

Again, for more details regarding policies enacted in response to Senate Bill 1, including but not limited to entering school buildings or terroristic threatening, please read the full articles on our website that discuss both topics and more.

If you have questions or require additional information about these new procedures and policies, please contact Zach Woods, the school safety coordinator, or Superintendent Terry Price. Both can be reached at (502) 845-8600.

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