We sat down with our principal, Mr. Donovan, and our student resource officer, Officer Jamali to discuss school safety. Here is what you need to know.
- Change is not going to happen overnight.
“I do not believe we will have any substantial changes before the end of this school year, primarily because we have to determine what our changes are going to be, we have to update the materials, and we have to train everybody up,” said Mr. Donovan, “that’s not something you can do quickly.” For now, the school will continue to abide their current lockdown and fire procedures.
- Threats made to the school go through a very lengthy process and are treated as a criminal case.
“When we get a threat… we have a multi-step evaluation plan,” said Officer Jamali, “It gets evaluated by the police department. Once we find out about it, it is now a police investigation. The school also has a policy to evaluate threats, so we have meshed those two and we use in house staff and outside staff to do, if necessary, mental health evaluations… we investigate the threat as we would any other crime.”
- The Parkland Shootings have made kids more willing to speak up about incidents in school.
“One of the things that I have noticed, that I am very heartened by, is that students are more aware and if they have a concern or something, they are voicing that concern,” said Mr. Donovan.
- The school is expecting to have a rewrite of the school’s policy for the 2018-2019 school year.
“The last time we went through a major rebuild of our protocals was 2014, so we did a total rebuild of everything, and we are likely to do a pretty substantial review again going into next year,” said Mr. Donovan
- The extra police staff on campus will not remain long term.
“Financially, it is not something that can be sustained right now… we have other officers that are always willing to help… but will that continue for the rest of the year? Probably not,” said Officer Jamali.