Dr. Pam Homan
Superintendent, 2003 to present
Instructional Planning Center
201 E. 38th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Homan, Pamela JWednesday, 09 October 2013
If you’ve had an opportunity to visit your child’s school recently – and I hope you have - you no doubt noticed important changes in security. In addition to student achievement, there is no greater concern and priority in the District than keeping our greatest assets – our staff and our students – safe.
In the past five years, the Sioux Falls School District has invested significant time and grant dollars into improving all aspects of safety inside our schools, in the parking lots and on playgrounds. All of this has been done following “best practices” identified by and in collaboration with local law enforcement and emergency personnel in our community.
In addition to a renewed effort to identify visitors with a sticker, button or badge while in the building, perhaps the most noticeable change is the secure entrance access points that have been added at many of our schools. Locked doors now direct parents/guardians and visitors through the main office to be acknowledged by staff and sign in prior to gaining access to hallways and classrooms. This ensures that office staff makes personal contact with every visitor.
Each member of our office staff is a multi-tasking professional who is called upon to answer phones, track lunch information, provide basic first aid, and prepare newsletters and so much more. When their attention is demanded by many the secure access points help them better manage the flow of traffic within the school. This change may add an extra ten seconds, or so, to your school visit, but I hope you will agree this feature is a logical and proactive measure in keeping our students safe.
My deepest hope is that Sioux Falls Public Schools will never be forced to deal with tragedy involving students. However, we simply cannot assume it won’t happen. Therefore, we remain diligent in conducting safety trainings and making our schools secure, yet welcoming, learning environments. I thank our parents/guardians for their support and partnership in this new world in which we live.
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