Alta Mesa School Safety

Dear Knights Families,
We would like to express how saddened we are from the recent news of the latest school shooting in Florida. Although all of us may be thousands of miles away, as individuals we should feel closely connected to the children, students, staff, and community that have been traumatized by the loss of so many innocent lives.

We are taking this opportunity to reassure you that even though we are a small school we take safety very seriously at LFPA. We convene with our staff to review our current written Emergency Response Plan, role play various emergency scenarios, and make any revisions that could better enhance our current safety measures. We also have practice drills with students. Please be advised that if your student comes home stating the school was on “lock down” it was only for practice purposes. In the event of a real “lock down” parents would be notified as quickly as possible.

As parents it is also important for you to stay observant and involved. If your children have social media accounts, make sure you are aware of what they are posting and whom their “friends” are. Discuss things that would be alarming for your children to see or hear, and encourage them to share things that would cause alarm. Just a few examples would be self-harm, animal abuse, racism, talk of suicide or homicide, weapons, etc. Make time to listen to your children when they express concerns for a classmate or friend. Getting children in a habit of sharing with a trusted adult or reporting anything alarming is extremely important to being pro-active. If your child shares concerns of a classmate, please report it even if you don’t think it is a big deal. We would rather be safe, than sorry.

We will look to learn what we can from this latest school tragedy and use that information to make improvements to our current procedures. In addition, our sixth grade students have written sympathy letters to the various victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and our Life skills class has donated a hand made tie knot blanket that students from each class will be adding hand prints to be mailed to their school to show them our hearts are with them during this difficult time.  Please continue to keep the town of Parkland in your thoughts.

More emergency preparedness information for parents is available at
http://www.ready.gov/kids/parents

Thank you,
LFPA Administration