How was your first week of school? Did you notice anything different about the Beachland campus? I am hoping that the miles and miles of new fencing and gates gave everyone pause to consider today's topic: Safety.
My child began to grumble last spring when he saw the fences being installed. "It's like we are in a jail, all locked up." Sad, isn't it? I told him that he was looking at it all wrong. We lock our cars and houses to protect our belongings. I explained to him that since he is my most precious blessing, his protection is more important than any items locked in the house or the car. It is not what we lock in, but what we lock out!
Please consider this news story from last school year:
Last Thursday morning, a 9 year-old told her mom that a man was outside the parent pick up and drop off area at the school and tried to get her to go into his car. "That's extremely brazen in that you don't know to what extent some of these people will go to," said Officer Marcinik.
Then Thursday afternoon, a girl was riding her bicycle home from school when she was confronted at Easy Street and Sebastian Boulevard. The suspect pulled up next to the girl and said he was a police officer and that she needed to get in the car with him. He also flashed some type of silver star badge. She refused and the suspect drove off. The third incident involved children at a day care center nearby waiting for a bus when they were approached. (wptv.com)
This news story really hits home because the threat to our children is real. What we see also, is that some adult educated the children about what to do when a stranger attempts to convince them to get in a car.
Who is responsible for safety? Everyone! The school district must discourage crimes of convenience by installing gates and monitoring visitors to campus. However, parents, teachers and students all must participate to remain safe.
Is it inconvienient? ABSOLUTELY!
Do you really think it is fun for the teachers to have to keep their doors locked all day? They have to carry a key and fight the lock with every class change. Not to mention finding time to answer the door every time someone knocks.
How about the office staff who are required to ask every visitor for a driver's license and explain why it is necessary to have a visitor pass to be on campus?
The school custodians who daily must unlock and lock access gates over and over? And definite is the inconvience to parents who must suffer a long walk to the front office or a long wait through car line!
We want every parent to feel welcome on our campus. However, child predators are NOT welcome! We must ALL do our part no matter how inconvienient. We must educate our children about safety and above all else, set a good example for them. If we don't stress it's importance, how can we expect children to take it seriously?
Tomorrow begins Day 1 of R.A.P.T.O.R. for this year. Parents may sign in at the Front Office or Media Center in the mornings beginning at 8:15. After 9:00, everyone visiting campus must visit the Front Office. Don't forget your driver's license and a smile!😀