Student Safety Letter and Climate Survey

January 11, 2012

Dear HTS Community:

 Recent tragic events have unfolded at schools in Virginia and Paramus and these events have reminded us of the need to re-examine all procedures related to student safety.  While it may not be feasible to plan for every possible situation, we are constantly examining and revising our procedures to make certain all students are able to learn in a safe and secure environment.

In addition to our school nurse, all of our teachers have been trained to identify the signs and symptoms of anaphylactic shock as well as to administer an epi-pen.  Last week Dr. Petersen sent home a letter regarding peanuts/tree nuts in the Elementary School Building.  We felt it necessary to move forward with this minor procedural change to avoid possible secondary contaminations in the classrooms.  Students will still be allowed to eat peanuts/tree nuts in the cafeteria. 

With regard to the second tragedy, both of our buildings currently have defibrillators and staff members have been trained in their usage.  We hope and pray that no incidents occur on campus and are committed to student safety as an on-going endeavor.  If you have any concerns about these issues or would like to discuss them in greater detail, please do not hesitate to contact me at HTS. 

On another note, please check out our website for the latest update – the 2012-2013 Preliminary Budget PowerPoint – which was presented to the public at the January 9th Board of Education meeting.  Budget season is in full swing and we hope to have continued parental input.  Our next Budget Breakfast discussion will be held in the Library/Media Center on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:30 a.m.  Please consider joining us for a discussion on the 2012-2013 HTS Budget. 

Lastly, we are asking our stakeholders to participate in our First Annual School Climate Survey.  Follow this link and answer 12 simple questions – we promise it will take less than 3 minutes.  The survey link will be open for two weeks and the resulting data will be shared with the school community at a later date.


Alex Anemone



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