School Drills and Campus Safety

Dear Penguin Families,

On Friday, January 21st, we will conduct an announced intruder/lockdown drill, which is facilitated by division personnel and representatives from the James City County Police Department. These individuals will be present to observe our drill, provide support and help us improve our practices through immediate feedback.

Having drills multiple times during the year is not unusual; there are set guidelines by the Commonwealth to ensure preparedness and awareness on what to do in a true crisis or emergency.

We encourage you to discuss the importance of safety at school and in the community with your children.  Should you have any questions or desire additional information about school drills or campus safety, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Swann or Mrs. Nelson at 757-229-7597.

Respectfully,

Karen Swann, LLE Principal

Wellness Policy FAQs

Letter to Parents of Rising Sixth-Grade Students Regarding Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

DATE: April 27, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

Letter to Parents of Rising Sixth-Grade Students Regarding Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

 

The 2007 General Assembly passed legislation that requires the Virginia Department of Health to provide parents/guardians of rising sixth-grade girls with information on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that girls 11-12 years old receive the vaccine.  In 2011, the CDC provided additional recommendation that boys 11-12 years old also receive the HPV Vaccine.

For additional information on HPV, please visit the following website link http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/: This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website. .

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will no longer provide print copies of the HPV letter for distribution to parents/guardians.  School divisions must print copies of the HPV letter or provide the letter on their website, in the student handbook or during orientation.

For additional information, please contact Tracy White, School Health Specialist, by email at link Tracy.White@doe.virginia.gov: Email link. ; or by telephone (804) 786-8671.

SMC/TW/mdd

School Drills and Campus Safety

Dear Penguin Families,

Over the course of the school year, our school holds safety drills to help ensure that students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. These drills include, but are not limited to, fire, tornado, earthquake, and intruder/lockdown.  Sometimes these drills will be planned and other times we will hold spontaneous drills to assess everyone’s ability to respond quickly to emergencies. 

On Friday, September 29th, we will hold an announced lockdown drill.  Prior to the drill, staff will talk with students about the purpose of the drill and what will happen during the drill to prepare students for this very important safety exercise. There will be a practice lockdown drill later this week (September 14th).  During the drill on the 29th, our emergency response partners from the James City County police will join us as we simulate how we would respond to an emergency situation requiring a lockdown. Together, along with division personnel, we will examine our procedures and responses during the drill.

Also, during the month of September, we practice fire drills weekly; this then moves to once a month to be in compliance with state protocols for schools.

Please note that if you arrive at our school during a drill, you will be asked to remain outside until the drill concludes. We appreciate your cooperation and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

We encourage families to discuss the importance of safety at school and in the community with their children.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Swann or Mrs. Nelson at 757-229-7597.

Respectfully,

Karen Swann, Principal

Deanna Nelson, Assistant Principal