A Letter from Mr. Smith

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020

    Dear Parkview Families,

    As we wrap up what has been a very active weather day in our area, I thought this was a good time to communicate with you about the steps we take to ensure our students and staff are safe during weather events. We have weather alarms in our schools that go off to alert us when there is a weather watch or warning issued by the National Weather Service. All of our schools have School Safety Plans that address the steps we are to take in the event of situations like the one we encountered today. As a result of today’s warning, we moved our students and staff to protected areas within our building and asked students to move into the “Drop and Tuck” position. During this time, our school leaders continued to monitor the weather until the warning was lifted, at which time we resumed our normal school day. Fortunately, today’s weather moved quickly through our area and the warning did not produce a tornado. It did, however, serve as an excellent opportunity for us to practice our severe weather protocols.

    Using SchoolMessenger, the school system sent a message out about the precautionary steps schools were taking and then notified families when the warning was lifted. If you did not receive the message, please check with our front office so that we can verify that we have accurate contact information for you.

    I know the safety of our students and staff is a priority we all share. On days like today when bad weather is predicted, we all need to pay attention. At school, we practice drills and talk about what to do in the case of bad weather. That said, it is important for parents to have conversations with their children about what they should do in case they are at home or at the bus stop when a storm hits. It looks like there are flood warnings in our area through the rest of the day… stay aware of updated weather alerts, and stay safe.

    David Smith