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On March 15, 2013
This morning, at 8:30 AM Saint Raphael Academy commenced a lockdown drill. We expect this morning’s drill to last 20 to 30 minutes. At the conclusion of the drill, a similar notice will be sent out informing you that the drill has concluded.
This drill is being conducted in collaboration with the Pawtucket Police Department and in accordance with Rhode Island State Law, which requires all educational organizations to perform a minimum number of drills each year.
This drill is being conducted to ensure that Saint Raphael Academy is, and always remains, a safe, nurturing environment for your child. When you chose to enroll your child in the Academy, you entrusted them to our care. We take the safety of your child very seriously, and it never escapes the forefront of our minds. This is why our Safety Committee, chaired by our Dean of Students, Michael Sassi, meets regularly to review the safety of our school and campus.
In preparation for this morning’s drill, the faculty and staff met multiple times with the Pawtucket Police Department. During those meetings, our lockdown procedures were reviewed, and all personnel became comfortable with and knowledgeable of our procedures. Last week, we held assemblies with the freshmen through senior classes and the Pawtucket Police Department. During these assemblies, our students were informed of our safety procedures and notified that a lockdown drill would be occurring in the near future.
If this were a real emergency and not a drill, a similar notice would have been sent out via this medium, Edline, Facebook, and Twitter. This notice would have informed you of the lockdown and articulated where you could go for more information regarding the incident, our action plan, and your role within that plan.
Again, this morning is just a drill. Our faculty and staff will remain aware of any indicators of student discomfort as a result of this drill and will address them if they arise.
I ask that it if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly (extension 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Dean of Students, Mr. Sassi (extension 126 or email@example.com). Thank you for raising such wonderful children and entrusting them to our care.
Live Jesus in our hearts… Forever.
Daniel J Richard