LCHS Superintendent Bagby addresses school safety

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[January 14, 2013]  Lincoln Daily News received the following news release for publication from Lincoln Community High School Superintendent Robert B. Bagby:


All schools should be a safe place for students and this has led to a heightened priority across the nation. Although there is no absolute guarantee that something bad will never happen, it is important to understand the difference between the possibility of something happening and the probability that it will affect our school community.

Violence, such as the recent tragedy in Connecticut, causes great concern within school districts, even if we are not directly affected. Adults and students struggle to understand why senseless violence happens and, more importantly, how they can be prevented.

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of Lincoln Community High School, I want to reiterate what safety measures and student supports are already in place. On Friday, January 11, 2013, LCHS staff and students participated in our third "Intruder Drill" this school year. Other safety drills conducted annually include fire drills, severe weather preparedness, and an off-site shelter drill.

The Board of Education and district administrators connect with our community partners (emergency responders) to review our emergency response plans and to discuss any short-term needs that may be obvious in response to a current crises. Other steps taken include: limited access to our school building; monitoring of the school parking lot; monitoring and supervision of student common areas; presence of local police officers; monitoring of school guests who must report to the main office, sign in, and wear badges; and presence of security systems.

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I encourage all parents to talk with their students. It is important to emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following our school’s safety guidelines. Violence should never be a solution to personal problems.

Open communication between home and school is critical to the safety and well-being of our students. Let us know if you have a concern or question about our policies or student safety.

Robert B. Bagby, Superintendent

[Text copied from file received from Lincoln Community High School]


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