Over the past few months we have been talking to our school council and engaging our parents in dialogue and surveys about our security procedures at the school. We are aware of changing realities in our city and the need to revisit our procedures in order to keep our students safe. We opened our discussion up to our Staff and to School Council If you look at my blog post on January 3rd, you’ll see a summary of the input that our School Council gave us at their November meeting. Council input prompted us to poll our parents to bring more voices to the conversation. Two questions were asked on the survey:
At our January 23rd School Council meeting I shared the results of the survey and discussed the plan that Belfast Staff have put together and the decision we have come to. Below is a breakdown of which option respondents preferred.
The most valuable part of the survey was in understanding why people chose the option they did:
Those who preferred the doors locked all the time spoke of:
Those who preferred the doors unlocked all the time spoke of:
The input we received is extremely valuable and informs considerations for our next steps. Our goal is to provide safety while maintaining the welcoming, community feel of our little school. Below is the plan we will implement as of February 6th, We will reassess the effectiveness of the plan and make changes as necessary to meet our goal.
Starting February 6th;
It is worth repeating that locking the doors in no way reflects a change in the way we feel about our parents. Our parents are always welcome in our building. We thank all our parents in advance for their patience as we work out the details of this new procedure.
If you have any comments or concerns please feel free to contact me! Our parents are our partners and a important members of our Belfast Family!
At our recent School Council meeting we discussed the security of our building and in particular the need to ensure the safety of our students while they are in the school. Many schools in the CBE have moved to a locked front door and intercom entrance procedure while others remain open to the public. Still others use a combination of locked times and unlocked times to meet the needs of the community. At this time we are asking parents to have input into this important discussion. For your information, the following considerations were raised by our parents at the November Belfast School Council meeting.
The following requirements were generated by our parents at the November School Council meeting and need to be considered.
Please take our short parent engagement survey...
We invite all of our parents to weigh in. CLICK HERE to let us know what is important to you. We will continue to consult with our school council about this decision and will update our parent community about any change in our door procedures very soon.
Principal, Belfast School