Dear District 39 Families,
I have several things to cover in this SCOOP.
Following our Town Hall meeting in February, we have been reviewing and implementing suggestions from parents, staff, and from our partners in the police and fire departments. We follow best practice school safety protocol and do not publicly note all of our security procedures. Below are some changes.
Changes already in place or in process:
- Revised protocol for substitute teachers includes training and unique name badges.
- All visitors follow a consistent protocol when entering our schools, which includes obtaining a visitor badge.
- Night custodians are checking all buildings to ensure that classroom doors are properly locked and that no one has entered the building without cause.
- At Highcrest and WJHS a staff person will be stationed at the first entrance to the building.
- For next year, D39 students will not attend on election days since some of our buildings serve as polling places.
- Limited access for evening and weekend activities will prevent participants from wandering through the school building.
Improvements under investigation include:
- Restructure for a “double buzz” entry in all buildings
- System to scan driver’s license as visitors enter the building
- Silent alarm system connected directly to the police department
- Cell phone boosters
- Use of card readers to access public areas in the buildings (auditorium, gym, cafeteria)
- Refit door locks so they lock from inside the classroom
I would like to remind you again that it is very important for anyone dropping off or picking up students to follow the established procedures in each building. We continue to have concerns about unsafe carpool conduct. In addition, remember that students must be dropped off and picked up at the established times.
WJHS Construction Update
Construction of the new science facilities at WJHS is moving along very well and it will be ready for the 2013-14 school year. The new structure is essentially complete; the final steps will occur in the next few weeks as the ceilings and floors will be installed. Repurposing of the current classrooms will start the first day of summer break.
Educational Foundation Update
The District 39 Educational Foundation's 6th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award reception will be held Thursday, April 25th at the Michigan Shores Club. Everyone is welcome! You can purchase tickets online.
Please join me as this year’s award is presented to Dr. Robert Higgins, MD, MSHA, and Director of Ohio State's Comprehensive Transplant Center. Dr. Higgins’ expertise lies in the areas of heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and outcome assessments for heart failure and cardiac surgery patients. Dr. Higgins is an active District 39 parent and prominent member of our community. As a dynamic leader of the Foundation’s Science Advisory Board and frequent guest speaker focusing on science, Dr. Higgins has made a significant impact in the District 39 schools.
Your partner in education,
Raymond E. Lechner, Ph.D.
Wilmette Public Schools District 39 – 615 Locust Road – Wilmette, IL 60091 – 847-256-2450