School Safety & Security Message: February 28, 2018
Dear Liverpool Community, Parents, Guardians and Students:
We are extremely saddened by the recent tragedy at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, students, staff and community of Parkland, Florida.
As the details unfold about this most recent and senseless tragedy, our resolve and commitment to provide a safe and secure learning environment remains our utmost priority. The Liverpool Central School District has instituted many precautionary safety and security measures in an effort to keep our students and schools safe.
All Liverpool school buildings have a single-point of entry, and those doors are locked during the school day so that visitors must buzz in to request entry. The District utilizes the Raptor Software system in order to ensure the safety and welfare of its students, staff, and guests. When any visitor, including parents and volunteers, wishes to enter any school building, he or she must present a valid state or government issued photo ID such as a valid driver’s license. The ID is then scanned into the system and it instantly identifies registered sex offenders, domestic dispute offenders and other trespassers. If a potential threat is identified, designated officials such as administrators and law enforcement agencies are immediately alerted via email, telephone and/or text message. Once a visitor is cleared, the Raptor system prints a badge featuring that person’s name, photo, date, time and destination.
We have a District-Wide Safety and Security Plan as well as individual Building-Level Emergency Response Plans. These plans have been developed in collaboration with local police, fire and other emergency responders and undergo a thorough annual review with the goal of enhancing existing policies and procedures.
Training for staff and students on emergency protocols occurs at regular intervals throughout the school year. Safety drills and procedures are reviewed and practiced at each of our schools in collaboration with law enforcement agencies. For example, each school must conduct a minimum of four (4) lock-down drills and eight (8) fire drills per year.
In addition, we will continue to focus our efforts on prioritizing security and safety training for all district staff specific to active shooters; and intend to extend the training that has already taken place.
All of our schools have implemented positive and proactive intervention programs to address any issues which arise concerning the health and welfare of our students. The administration regularly reviews our programs and discipline protocols in order to determine how best to stay connected with disengaged or detached students through their peers or trusted adults. We also utilize our Crisis Response Team to review our internal procedures to ensure that we remain hyper-focused on mental health issues.
The District will continue to be vigilant in our review of safety and security procedures and in strengthening our security measures. We understand the great trust you put in each of us every day that your children are in our care. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community, and we encourage anyone with concerns to reach out to me or another staff member.
As we work together for the safety of our students in our schools and community, please remember, "If you see something, say something." Please continue to report concerns to law enforcement or school officials.
Please feel free to contact your school counselor for questions you may have about talking with your child.
Thank you for your continued support and commitment to Liverpool.
Dr. Mark F. Potter
Superintendent of Schools