September 19, 2019
Student, staff, and parent volunteer safety is something that we take very seriously at Bacich, and we are fortunate that our newly designed campus offers additional safety measures for our school community. I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you what we do to ensure safety on our campus:
During the school year, we regularly practice fire drills, earthquake drills, and lockdown drills. All teachers and paraprofessionals receive hands-on CPR and AED training, and a rotation of staff members receive more extensive training in CPR, AED, and First Aid certification. These are the individuals who monitor playgrounds at recess and lunch each day. We have an obligation to be prepared in the event of a minor emergency on campus. We also require students to have a buddy, as they travel across campus during instructional time.
The most noticeable change this year are the school gates, which lock each day at 8:30 a.m. and unlock at 2:20 p.m. This requires all parent volunteers to either come through the school office to access campus or use a FOB device when entering campus through the McAllister side of our campus. Regardless of which entry point is used, we ask all parents and visitors to sign-in at the office and wear a school badge while on campus. When used, each FOB device triggers a history of who was on the Bacich campus. This information should align with our volunteer sign-in and sign-out records in the office. It is essential that any parent who enters campus between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. sign-in and sign-out in the office.
Before and after school, many of our students travel on foot or bicycle to and from school. This requires a home-school approach to remind our children about walking and bicycling safety. Bacich and Kent partner closely with Safe Routes to School to increase awareness about walking and bicycling safely to and from school. Our fourth graders will participate in Safe Routes to School’s Bicycle Safety Rodeo later this school year. Our second graders will participate in a Pedestrian Safety unit during the Spring of 2020. These two programs are specifically structured for these grade and age levels.
- The following link to the Safe Routes Program offers some excellent conversation points to address with your sons and daughters: www.saferoutespartnership.org/state/bestpractices/curriculum
If you are a parent who drives in and around our school, please remember to drive carefully and pay close attention to children who might forget their safety manners. Stay off your cell phones when you enter our parking lots and follow the directions of our parent volunteers when dropping off or picking up our students. The following document offers additional reminders about how to use car line: Bacich Car Line Procedures.
We recognize that school families and visitors may be inconvenienced with our safety protocols. However, a safe campus requires all of us to work together for the well-being of our children.