Dear Parents & Guardians –
As we continue to pray for those victims, their families, and all that have been affected by the recent tragedy in Florida, I wanted to address with you some of the measures that we have in place at Saint Joseph School to help keep our children safe. To begin with, we work very closely with the Penn Township Police Department regarding our safety and security measures. We are also very fortunate to have them perform walk-throughs of our facility on a frequent basis. Prior to the current tragedy that occurred in Florida, we have scheduled a security expert with the PA State Police to come in to review security measures for the Saint Joseph campus. This security review is scheduled to occur during the month of March.
As you may or may not know, over this past summer, we upgraded a significant number of the security features at our school. Part of these upgrades include a camera monitoring system, a key card controlled access system, and a contract with an off-site security firm for monitoring and interfacing with emergency personnel for security and fire emergencies (i.e. Penn Township Police and Fire Departments).
Our camera monitoring system allows viewing of all of the major access points to the school, the hallways, and high traffic areas that are both external and internal to the building. The card access system installed only allows access to those individuals that have been cleared for access to the building and only for the time frames and areas designated to that individual. During the school day, access to the school is controlled through the front office by a buzzer that is video monitored. There is also a double series of card access controlled doors to gain entry.
We have been practicing emergency drills on a monthly basis since the beginning of this school year. Over the next few months we will be practicing drills that will include lockdown drills and off-site evacuation drills.
I ask that you still continue to pray for those affected by the recent tragedy. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mr. Terrance H. Golden, M.Ed.
Mr. Terrance Golden
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