Safety in our Schools

Good morning everyone,

We are all very saddened by the events that happened yesterday in Parkland, Florida.  When an event like that happens we all have a tendency to look closely at our lives and our schools.  I just wanted to share that in the Monticello Community School District we have an established lock down procedure in place, along with other safety procedures for a variety emergency situations.  We work with our staff and students to practice and review those procedures several times a year.  In addition, we review our safety procedures annually through our District Safety Committee.  Through that committee we have updated every emergency procedure in the last year and put an, “Emergency Procedures Guide” in every room in the district.

Our school entrances are far from perfect, but we do have an entry system at every campus that requires each person to “buzz”, be identified, and then we unlock the door and they are allowed to enter the building.  In addition, we have some amazing people such as school counselors and staff dedicated to working with students who have a wide range of needs each day.  The staff and programming we have in place at our schools definitely provides our students a way to connect and talk about issues that affect them each day.

I hope this helps you understand a little more about how we make school safety a priority each day in our school district.  As always, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance in any way.

Thank you.

Brian Jaeger, Superintendent