When I watch the news these days, I realize times have definitely changed since I was a child. Mind you, I’m a grandma (albeit a young one)! Today, safety has become an important part of the culture of our schools and for life in general. Balancing safety while providing a productive learning environment that feels welcoming and open is challenging. Albemarle County has done an excellent job working with our schools to make sure we are well prepared for an emergency. During our “Connecting Conversation” gathering on February 28th, county representatives; Dr. Nicholas King, Director of Student Services and Rosalyn Schmitt, Chief Operating Officer, shared an overview of Albemarle County School’s Safety Measures.
Stone-Robinson Elementary School, along with all the other county schools, has put in place regular preventive school checks, emergency plans and, practice drills. This Tuesday, March 19th, at 9:45 AM, we will participate in the “Tornado Preparedness Day”, a statewide Tornado Drill. To help us to create an efficient response during an emergency, we partnered with the Fire Department and the County Police Department, to walk our school and are now very familiar with the interior design. They have also given us feedback to improve our current physical structures and safety procedures, which we’ve put in place.
Additionally, with guidance from the University of Virginia, we developed and implemented Code Ana, a school-based medical emergency response plan. We also continue to have full access to a team of counselors and psychologists ready if needed, to support students and staff during a crisis. It’s our hope that we’ll never have to enact any element of our crisis plan but, if we have to, we are prepared.
Lastly, please don’t forget to check the Lost and Found bin before March 29th. You might discover some lost family treasures there! We plan to donate the leftover items during spring break.
Thank you all once again for your valued partnership and all your time devoted to support our school!
With much admiration and appreciation,