The Greenville School system is responding to the continued national warnings about potential terrorist threats by working to ensure two things: (1) our schools have crisis plans or comprehensive multi-hazard plans in place, ready for quick and confident activation; and (2) that our school system resources are available to help with the mental health needs of children and adults during this time of crisis.
We are assisting our school staff in preparing for a variety of emergency response situations. We are taking proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. In addition, we are coordinating efforts with local emergency management agencies. Depending on the nature of an emergency, we would respond according to our plans for potential threats and will follow directions from public safety officials.
The actions taken during any type of emergency situation depend a great deal on the specifics of the incident. For example, one or more school buildings may evacuate, lock down, or initiate a shelter-in-place response according to the nature of the threat.
We will coordinate with the local media to get information to you. It is important that you remain aware of public notices on radio, television, and the internet about emergency procedures and updates. In any case, student and staff safety is our first priority. All procedures are designed for their protection. Parents should know that access to schools during an incident may be restricted for a variety of reasons.
Earlier this school year, we requested that all elementary parents/guardians designate an address where their child could be transported in the case of an emergency. If you have yet to complete this information, please call your child’s school and give them this information. It is imperative that we have accurate information.
As with other challenging situations, we will share information with students based on the developmental level of the children. We have referenced national resources to ascertain the most effective means to discuss the situation with our students. It is our goal to inform our young citizens of current events relating to our country in the least alarming manner. Classroom discussions and activities have been designed to provide students with a vehicle to communicate their concerns. Our students will be involved in projects that recognize the efforts of our military personnel. These projects develop citizenship, nationalism, and empower our students, which may reduce concern or apathy. Please know that our decisions will reflect what we believe is in the best interest of our students.
The safety issues confronting our nation and community are serious. We know that parents, students, and staff will work together to help maintain a focus on teaching and learning in our schools as we address this continuing situation.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work together to ensure the safest environment for our students, staff and community.