The following is a letter from Principal Bryant on spring safety at Stoddert…
Sprung Has Sprung
Spring has sprung in the District and, as a result, we want to make sure that we continue to focus on ensuring the safety of our students and school community. While our primary goal is to focus on learning, efforts are ongoing to provide the safest learning environment possible for every child at Stoddert Elementary School. And, since the weather is getting nicer, it is appropriate that we review proper protocols and procedures as it relates to school safety and security policies.
Assuring a Safe Physical and Emotional Environment
- We conduct regularly scheduled safety drills. Our safety drills are designed and rehearsed to ensure the security of all students in the event of an emergency. Evacuation procedures are posted in all classrooms and teachers and staff are trained on evacuation procedures.
- Visitors to Stoddert Elementary School – including parents – must sign in and out at our Security Office.
- MPD School Liaison Officers regularly check in at Stoddert, and monitor the surrounding neighborhood.
- We carefully monitor all children during arrival and dismissal. Early departure procedures have been clearly communicated to families and staff members.
- All DCPS teachers and staff are considered “Mandated Reporters.” All staff members are trained in mandated reporting policies on child abuse, bullying, neglect, and sexual harassment, and that training is regularly reviewed.
- Emotional assistance is provided to those students determined by the Response to Intervention (RTI) process to be at risk. Our Student Support Team works in conjunction with administrators and other staff members to meet the emotional needs of our learning community.
- Our Leadership Team meets regularly to ensure students’ safety, emotional, and academic needs at each grade level are addressed, and that our school climate is one of shared leadership.
We look forward to our continued work with you in our effort to ensure all Stoddert students remain safe and well supervised. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care.