Friday, January 11, 2013
On January 8th, concerned SW Atlanta parents attended the School Safety Forum presented by Chief Marquenta Sands. More to be held in January.
School safety is in the forefront of the minds of almost everyone in the country, now during the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut. Some parents here in our community have a heightened worry about school safety, due to the recent body that was found near the parking lot of Therrell High School during the winter break. Atlanta Public Schools Security Chief, Marquenta Sands, decided to hold a number of forums across the district for parents and students about school safety and what APS' plans are to keep students safe in the future. Dates and Locations: January 8th (Therrell HS) January 9th (Grady HS) January 15th (Carver HS of Technology) January 16th (Bolton Academy) Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. The message that went …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Could the shooting that took place in Connecticut happen at your child's school?
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Connecticut shooting has awakened many parents, especially me. Most teachers and school administrators focus on ways to make sure students are present in class, safely getting to the right bus and safely making it home, but the thought of some random person walking into your school and shooting students is not something that we prepare for. Every school goes through the traditional fire drill and hurricane drill, but what about the “Stranger-Danger” drill? The president said it best that this is becoming all too familiar to our nation. So is your child’s school safe? Over the last two months, I took the time to visit a few elementary schools. My son will be attending kindergarten next year so before we make the move, I wanted to make …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Patch Question of the Week: After Newtown, do you feel safe sending your kids to school?
It's the issue that's on many people's minds: could the horror that visited Newtown last week happen here? Are our schools safe from such violence? And what can we do - if anything at all - to make them safer? Metro Atlanta schools rushed to reassure parents that their systems are prepared in the event of an emergency. APS Superintendent Dr. Erroll Davis said city of Atlanta schools have implemented safety drills and other procedures that are designed to protect their students. Nonetheless, he asked parents to always remain vigilant and alert school officials if they see something suspicious. DeKalb County schools also have a system in place for notifying parents, locking down schools and having law enforcement and school officials on …