Thursday, December 20, 2012

Safety and Security @ NSE

One of the best things that we have implemented here at NSE to provide additional security is our Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program.  These dads go through an extensive back ground check to be mentors.  However, they also serve as an extra set of eyes and ears during arrival and dismissal times.  One of our dads recently noticed that our exit signs did not light up.  We were able to report this to the district and they came out and replaced all of them with new signs.  We have had dads report various concerns to an administrator or staff member and we have been able to respond and resolve the issue quickly.

Another measure that we recently took, was to purchase 25 new walkie-talkie radios.  Before this year, we had three generations of radios.  Now we all have the same radio.  The 25 radios are distributed strategically throughout the building for better communication and security.

Last year we increased the number of adults on duty in the morning and afternoon.  We also have an awesome safety patrol force (NSESP) that is on duty in the morning and afternoon.  These fourth and fifth grade students do an excellent job of politely greeting visitors and keeping a watchful eye.

Probably the biggest undertaking was the redesign of the front office.  With the help of the district, we have been able to design our office so that visitors now have to go through a door after signing in through LobbyGuard.  We also added a security camera to our front office that monitors our administrative offices and hallway.

We take the time throughout the year to review and practice our emergency/crisis procedures.  Students and staff participate in fire drills, earthquake drills, lock-down drills, severe weather drills, and more.  Even though we do everything we can to prevent an emergency from happening, we have to be prepared to act when one does happen and it is out of our control.  

Last but not least, we added windows to the set of doors that leads into the cafeteria from the playground.  This allows any adults who are opening the door to be able to see who is on the other side.  This is important because classes enter these doors after recess.  In the near future, we will be adding a key-less entry system to this door so that classes can get in quicker if there is a threat outside.

We are constantly revisiting the safety and security of our campus.  There is nothing more important in education than providing a safe and secure environment for quality teaching and learning to take place.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please comment on this post or contact someone at the school.

Dr. H.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Righteous Endeavor

Task Force Fury
North Springs was honored last night (Thursday, December 6, 2012) by Sargent Major "Brian" Halbrook when he presented a framed picture entitled "Righteous Endeavor."  Mr. Halbrook, a member of Task Force Fury, parent at NSE, and husband to "Susy" Halbrook, presented the picture to the faculty and staff of NSE for their commitment and service to military families.  I had the privilege to accept this gift on behalf of the NSE family (students, faculty, staff, parents, and community).  The picture now hangs outside of my office with respect and honor. - Dr. "H"