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School Safety

 

Hello E.F.W.M.A & T.O.T.M.A Families,
 
We will hold a moment of silence on Wednesday for teachers, staff, and children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S in Parkland Fla who lost their lives. We stand with the families and the school as they grieve their loss, we stand with them as they stand up for common sense reform. 
 
It is with a heavy heart I write this Safety Update. As a parent, I can not imagine sending my child to school thinking they are safe with other students just to get a call and seeing my child transported on a gurney. It is vital we all adhere to safety rules on campus.
 
We have taken precautions to make sure our students are safe:
  • No one can enter our buildings without a key card
  • Students are not allowed to open the doors for adults. We ask parents not to manipulate or beckon students to open doors. Please be patient.
  • There are cameras inside and outside the school monitored by two staff members.
  • Safety drills are practiced. 2 drills will be exercised in February (Lockdown with Reverse Evacuation and our Monthly Fire Drill)
  • All parents and visitors MUST check in at the front office. Parents MUST only visit the location they checked in. Any EFWMA or TOTMA staff can politely request your destination. 
  • DO NOT use the student restroom; there is an adult restroom in both buildings. It is for the child's safety. 

Our Plans:

  • Extra protection will be added to the front office. Fron Office staff will be to speak to parents or visitors before entering the building
  • Plans to enclosed the pathway leading to the front office are in the works. Afer enclosing the office, parents will not be able to access the school except when they are buzzed in for conferences, meetings, events, or eating with their child. Fundraising efforts are on the way.
  • Parents, we need you! If you are an engineer, builder, architect, safety designer, we need you to help us our safety plan to fruition. 

What we need immediately from parents:

  • We need your cooperation with following school rules. Remember, children are always watching what we model.
  • Adhere to the Campus Speed limit, allow extra time for traffic. Speeding on our grounds may lead to someone getting hurt. Cutting in front of another car may cause an accident. Remember to govern yourself accordingly; students are around.
  • Students CANNOT be dismissed after 3:15 p.m. We apologize, and we understand you may be running late, but if we do not adhere to our established rules we cannot keep children safe. 
  • Family members picking up your child must be on the pick-up list, if they are not, we will not release the child. You must inform the school of any changes. We understand this may cause an inconvenience, but we must keep your children safe when they are in our care. 
  • There are families with disconnected contact information; we can not reach anyone in times of emergencies. 
  • Stay calm and be patient, there are children in our vicinity. Any irate behavior due to not wanting to follow our school rules or towards our staff will lead to your child withdrawn. Such behavior from an adult will not be tolerated. We have students to model the right tone for, and SAFETY is the priority.

This is not the forum to address this but I must: I sincerely apologize for the pot-holes in the driveway. We are aware of the inconvenience, we apologize. As a small school, we must be good stewards of the school budget and plan accordingly to our Campus Improvement Plans and Strategic Goals. We are doing our best to temporarily fix the holes. We fixed the hole and minutes later the trash truck went through destroying the horses we had in place and creating a bigger hole. We are currently in communication with the owner of the trash truck.

Our goals:

  • Accept bids ( we had closed bids, 3 staff members including myself, met, opened, and reviewed the bids. Documented in the maintenance dept.)
  • Information will be sent to the School Board (information will be sent to the board by Friday)
  • Fix the driveway (our goal is to fix the road during Spring Break or in July) 

Thank you for your ongoing support. Please feel free to leave a message in the front office if you want to support any of the projects within the message or if you have questions. I look forward to a spectacular rest of the of the school year.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Durosimi

E.F.W.M.S Superintendent


 IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES
 
 
4th Six Weeks Ends -  February 23rd, 2018 
Report Cards available on Parent Portal - March 2nd, 2018 
5th Six Weeks Starts -  February 26th, 2018
Black History Presentation - February 28th, 2018 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
New Family Tours - February 22nd, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.; and 5:30p.m.
National Elementary Honor Society Boot Scootin Friendship Dance - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday School - 9a.m. - Noon
 
Lottery Application for New Students due on - Jan 31st, 2018
 Returning Students Application due on - CLOSED (Due to merging both campuses applications received after both deadlines will be accepted according to the time stamped.