February 20, 2018
Dear NPUSC Families:
In light of the recent tragic events in Parkland, Florida, NPUSC is engaging in a variety of steps
and activities to review where we are with school safety and look to do even more to provide the safest
environment possible for our students.
Many have noted that in the recent past NPUSC has taken steps to improve school safety such as adding a School Resource Officer and ensuring all our Elementary schools have secure main entries. While there may be no full proof plan, NPUSC is committed to taking even more steps to improve our safety plan for students. In early March, NPUSC will be participating in a LaPorte County Safety Commission meeting to collaborate with local law enforcement and area school districts on what else can be done to be pro-active for student safety.
Also, the NPUSC District Safety Team has recently met and will continue to meet throughout this semester. Additional safety features are being implemented or researched related to: visitor check-in, additional communications in the event of a crisis situation, additional training for teachers & students on the latest thinking in preventative measures or reacting to a crisis situation, additional ways to restrict access to< classrooms/student areas for unwanted visitors, and identification or pre-assessment of potential safety risks.
While it is not best practice to publicly share all details of a school safety plan, NPUSC will be holding a school board work session March 12th at 7 pm CST at the Middle School LGI Room to publicly discuss many of the additional steps being considered to enhance our district and building safety plans.
Finally, we embrace the responsibility we have to provide a safe and secure atmosphere for students and staff. We look forward to working with our school community to implement additional improvements to maintain a safe learning environment for our students.
Paul White, PhD
Superintendent, New Prairie United Schools