Feb 5 New Information about Railroad work, STEAM, and Drills
We understand that the plan for closing railroad crossing on Davis Drive have changed. Here is the message that we received:
Cary, NC - Weather Permitting, CSX Transportation will implement rolling closures of four railroad crossings in western Cary starting the morning of March 9 and lasting through the end of March. CSX maintenance crews will begin work starting in Downtown Apex early March, moving north through western Cary and into Durham. The continuous closures are necessary to allow CSX to complete railroad track maintenance work asphalt repairs.
Specifically, the railroad crossings at Salem Church Road and Waldo Rood Blvd. near Davis Drive Elementary and Davis Drive Middle Schools will be closed simultaneously beginning March 9th. Davis Drive will now remain open for the duration of work by the railroad.
Delays are expected, and drivers are encouraged to avoid the crossing closures
Additional information can be found at https://www.townofcary.org/projects-initiatives/alerts-closures
We are looking forward to our STEAM night that will be held on Thursday, March 12. STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Night is scheduled for 3/12 from 6pm-7:30pm. This is a drop in event. You will have an opportunity to view all our student’s submissions to the Reflections Art Contest. Food will be available to purchase from Marco's Pizza and Andia's Ice Cream.
We appreciate the help of our volunteers who have been heling increase recycling efforts in the cafeteria. A sign up has been created for parents to help for the remainder of the school year.
Today we conducted an Intruder Drill. The drill was successful. We conduct these drills yearly and coordinate our actions with school system security and the Cary Police Department. Students were prepared in advance by their teachers to know what to do if our school is ever in danger due to an intruder. Students remained in safe areas – such as their classrooms. Teachers turned off their classroom lights, and students were kept quiet and out of sight. Visitors were not allowed to enter or exit the building. During the drill security personnel surveyed the building and will provide our school with feedback about our security. While it is unpleasant to consider, some schools in our nation have experienced intruders and people have suffered injuries. We want our community to be prepared to respond to an emergency situation.
With safety in mind we want to remind parents and visitors that if you are visiting our school, we need for to you to sign in at our front office and wear a visitor’s badge during your visit. We have instructed our staff to remind visitors of this policy. Therefore, if you are volunteering, visiting your child for lunch, or walking to your child’s classroom we need for you to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge.
We practice fire drills each month, severe weather drills each year, and intruder drills twice each year. While we do not anticipate a safety concern, we must be prepared.
Our drill was successful, and we will be provided with additional feedback from safety experts soon.