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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones

August 22, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! Our theme this year is Accountability:  Purpose, Practice and Performance!

The first days of school bus transportation with First Student Bus Company are usually opportunities for bus drivers and aides to establish relationships with student and master their bus routes.

I would kindly request PATIENCE and UNDERSTANDING for the first few weeks of school as we iron out all the details of our new bus routes for another school year. It is not atypical to have buses run 20-30 minutes off schedule in the a.m. and p.m. routes as we get things rolling, so please plan accordingly for the first few weeks of school and as always, if you are concerned or have questions, please contact your Child’s school principal.

There are a number of factors that drivers face on the road as they do their best to transport students safely.

Bus routes and stops are posted on our district website for each school. Please go to your child’s school and click on bus information to view bust stop routes.

Safety is our number one priority!  Over the first few days of school we have heard reports about crime happening in our school communities, Dolton and Calumet City. It is important that you educate your child to go directly home from school and stay focused until they enter their homes safely.  Recess will continue to be inside to ensure the safety of our children while under our care.  We will do our best when we are informed about incidents in the community that could impact our students during the school day by placing our schools on soft and hard lock downs. Placing schools in a soft lock downs means our staff and security are vigilant and ensuring all doors are secured to keep any intruders form entering the building. A hard lock down means no one can enter or exit the building.  Sometimes, crime happens in the communities a few minutes before schools dismiss.  If this happens District 149 works diligently to run phone blast to inform parents and look for your support to allow us to conduct these lock downs to ensure no intruder is able to enter our schools.  We work closely with our police municipalities to serve and protect if we are facing eminent danger.  Please listen to all phone blasts, check the district website and look for letters when possible.

Dolton School District 149 takes its safety response systems very seriously. Recently, we have trained our staff with a new approach but it has not been adopted.  A.L.I.C.E.  is a new approach to some specific types of crisis situations that could occur within our schools. The new approach A.L.I.C.E., stands for: “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This school year we will continue to meet with our staff and provide a Town Hall Meeting for parents to participate and provide us with feedback. Our Crisis Plan from last year is still in place.

Last but not least, all schools will participate in the following drills; fire and tornado, bus evacuation drills and active shooter drills. All of these drills must occur within the first 90 days of school to ensure we are prepared if an unforeseen incident should occur.

Help us keep the lines of communication open for the benefit of our children.

I look forward to working with you and meeting you at Open House and other school events.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shelly Davis Jones

Superintendent

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