Safety Concerns at Dismissal

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Dear families,

Ensuring our students are safe and secure is the first priority of all faculty and staff here at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. As a result of our recent safety trainings and continual conversations with experts, many improvements have been made to our school facilities to provide the safest possible environment for our students to learn and grow while at school. New doors, locks, windows, and keys were all necessary upgrades that have helped improve the physical building of our school. Not only do these improvements help beautify our East Hill campus, but they also effect important upgrades to our overall safety and security plan.

The next step in that plan, as recommended by the Diocese and by independent experts who have reviewed our procedures, is to improve the safety and security of our dismissal process. Our main doors must be open when students are leaving the building and walking to their cars for pickup, which means that extra precautions must be taken to ensure safety during this time. Teachers and office staff work diligently to ensure car line pickup is organized and safe for students as they head home for the day. Staff members need to stay alert to all students, visitors, and drivers in car line, as well as supervise our Safety Patrollers, who are trained to safely wait for cars to stop, open car doors, and help students to their cars.

For car line and dismissal of walkers to be as safe as possible, we cannot allow parents and visitors to come to the Main Office during dismissal. This means that from 2:30 to 3:10pm every day, parents may not come into the office to pick up their children. If you arrive at school during this time to pick up your child, please join the car line, or wait until after dismissal has finished to come into the school building. If your son or daughter has an appointment or prior engagement, please call or send an email to your teacher and our office staff, and we will do our best to accommodate for a pickup time prior to the start of our dismissal process at 2:30 pm.

Reducing the number of people in the lobby and office area will help provide our students and staff with fewer distractions and less exposure to risk. As a result of these safety precautions, not only will our students be more secure, but car line will run more smoothly and quickly. Students who live within walking distance of the school may sign up to be walkers and will be dismissed at 2:45 every day.  Parents must sign waivers and permission slips for students to be included as walkers during dismissal.

Thank you for the wonderful gift of sending your children to our school.  We are all privileged to have such incredible families here in our Sacred Heart Cathedral School family. Thank you for your trust and support as we seek to educate hearts and minds for God and strive for the safest and most loving environment possible for all our students.

Blessings for a joyful school year,

Elizabeth and Dave