East Haddam Superintendent Reassures Parents and Staff

The safety of students and staff continues to be an important priority in light of the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.


Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff, 

In light of the tragic events in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary School today, I want to reassure you that security procedures are in place here in East Haddam. Every school has a comprehensive safety plan, and all plans are reviewed and evaluated on a regular basis. The safety of our students and staff continues to be our most important priority. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our colleagues in the Newtown School District. 

Mary Beth Iacobelli 

Observor December 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
"Dear Members of our Sandy Hook Family, Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety. As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day. Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry. Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in. If our office staff does not recognize you, you will be required to show identification with a picture id. Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification. Doors will be locked at approximately 9:30 a.m. Any student arriving after that time must be walked into the building and signed in at the office. Before that time our regular drop-off procedures will be in place. I encourage all parents to have their children come to school and return home on the bus and to remain in school for the entire school day. The beginning and ending of our school day are also important instructional times and therefore we want all our students to reap the benefits of full participation in our program. Continued . . .
Observor December 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
. . . Continued We need your help and cooperation for our system to work effectively. Our office staff is handling multiple tasks. Though they will work diligently to help you into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the handset and allow you to come in electronically. There are times during the day when office personnel are on the telephone, addressing student concerns, or in the copy room; there are other times when only one person is in the front office. Please help our staff by identifying yourself and provide your child’s name. Keep in mind we will be following our district guidelines which may need revision once we test the system. Please know your involvement continues to be critical to our school’s effectiveness and your child’s success. We continue to encourage and value your presence in our classrooms and are counting on your cooperation with the implementation of this safety initiative. Sincerely, Mrs. Hochsprung Mrs. Hochsprung sent that out this past fall. She was shot and killed in the main office of Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning. I commend her efforts and those that have been made in East Haddam but there is only so much that anyone can do to stop a madman.
Mr. P December 15, 2012 at 02:00 AM
It is not only a safety plan that is needed, it is a multi-level security procedure. That is the first line of defense, the safety plan is what is implemented after something is taking place. I say this from 22 years of police experience, working as a Supervisor, SRO, DARE officer and on School Safety Committees. This is a fluid topic and should be evolving so that we are always evaluating and testing our security procedures to assure our children are as safe as we can make them!
Mr. P December 15, 2012 at 02:01 AM
My prayers and thoughts are with those little angels, the brave teachers and principal and their families, God Bless all of you!


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