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Principal Message Week of May 30, 2022

It is hard to believe that Memorial Day is here. I hope all of our families have enjoyed the three day weekend. This week, starting on June 1st, EOGs will be given for grades 3-5. Please make sure your child is well rested and eats a nutritious breakfast before coming to school (or arrive early enough to eat breakfast at school). Students can feel anxiety about these tests, so please reassure them that they are well prepared and to take their time and put all the strategies they have learned during the year into practice.  While the end of the school year is a time for happy celebrations, I want to  acknowledge the tragedy that happened in Uvalde, Texas last week.  I want to reassure you of the safety precautions that DDE takes as part of WCPSS.  Please read the items below and let me know if you have any questions. 

 

Security infrastructure

To protect our students and staff, WCPSS schools are outfitted with electronic security systems including intrusion alarms, digital video systems, and comprehensive access control systems.

 

Security Training

We have proactive plans and procedures to protect our students. We frequently conduct practice drills and constantly improve measures for responding to emergency situations. 

  • Every school has a critical incident response kit specific to that school with information and resources they would need during an emergency.
  • Every staff member has basic lockdown training annually. Key staff members have advanced lockdown training annually.
  • Emergency Team Members at each location have emergency operations plan training annually. All emergency team members have to complete and receive certification in incident command training provided by FEMA.
  • Each school has at least one table-top drill a year for key staff and at least one code red drill a year for everyone. 
  • Our code red drills are conducted in coordination with local law enforcement and emergency responders. Everyone on campus participates in the code red drills, including students, staff, and any guests on our campus at the time. A security administrator is also present.

 

Reporting threats

By calling the WCPSS Tip Line at (919) 856-1911, anyone can report threats of bullying, violence, aggressive behavior, weapons on campus or any other potential threat. A specially trained operator will receive the caller’s information and ask for additional information to address the situation.

 

Emotional Safety of Students

The best means to keep schools safe is to maintain healthy, trusting relationships between adults and children, and through building resiliency within the school community to help students cope with challenging situations. It is important to try to keep routines as normal as possible. Young people gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.

 

The district employs counselors, social workers and school psychologists at every school, PreK-12. These student services team members are trained and prepared to support the day-to-day social-emotional needs of students, as well as in crisis situations.

 

PTA News:

 

General Membership Meeting - Save the Date - You’re Invited! 

Date: June 1st 

Time: 3pm 

Location: Join us in person at school or virtually by clicking this link: https://meet.google.com/szk-vrdq-sej

All DDE Parents and staff are Invited to attend. Current members, we need your attendance as we will vote on new & existing officers and the 2022-2023 Budget for next school year. Thank you for your support!

School Meal Benefits

Families must still complete an application for the 2022-2023 school year starting July 1 in order to receive benefits. 

 For every student that turns in the free and reduced-price meals application and qualifies, the school also receives federal funds that benefit the student and teachers at the school.

 CNS will send out an informational pamphlet to all households to apply for the 2022-2023 school year and to families who have applied for the 21-22 school year, that their child’s status is about to expire if they have not applied for the 22-23 school year. This last one will be at least a week prior to the expiration date.  

Questions? Contact Rosie Tena (rtena) or 919-588-3535.