- by Dr. Jeffrey Melendez.
Although it may sound a bit excessive, a piece of legislation entitled Project Save (which was implemented just after the September 11th tragedy) mandates that every year, each school in New York State perform a minimum of 12 fire drills, 8 of which must take place before Thanksgiving. Twelve fire drills a year, over thirteen years is 156 fire drills.
In addition to fire drills, Project Save also mandates that each school perform at least one "lockdown” drill. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare staff and students in the unlikely event that an intruder had gained entry into our building. In a lockdown, teachers will lock the door to their classrooms and sit inconspicuously with the children in a corner of their room so that they are entirely out of sight. Staff are trained that they are not permitted to unlock their door under any circumstances until a first responder, such as a police officer, personally unlocks their door, thus ending the lockdown.
At 2:00pm this afternoon, Waverly performed a lockdown drill. Teachers anticipated this drill and reassured their students that they would not be in any harm. A special thanks to the Eastchester Police and Fire Departments who were on site today and assisted with our drill.
As a parent, I hope that you will take comfort knowing that we are prepared for emergencies should they arise. Having a well established plan and practicing our responses are the best preventative measures.
On another safety note, I feel obligated to share that we have received reports of parents who have been observed driving past school buses while students are disembarking in the circle in front of our school, and while bus lights are flashing. Please be reminded that doing so is not only dangerous, but it is also ilegal; bus drivers will report any such activity to the Eastchester police. As a reminder, drop students may be dropped off at our Hall Avenue circle any time between 8:35 and 9:00 am. After that time, parents must find legal parking and escort their children into the school via the front entrance. Students will me marked as tardy and will reqire a late pass.
The Waverly PTA Invites all Families to Our Annual
Saturday, October 18, 2014 11am to 1pm
(Rain Date October 25th 2014)
Waverly School Field
The children will be greeted by Mimi the Clown
Enjoy our On-Site Petting Zoo
Activities Include: Face Painting Balloon Making Pumpkin Decorating Bulb Planting Craft Table Singing & Dancing
Admission: $15 per family
If you would like volunteer or make a donation of baked goods or drinks please Contact Nicole Tischler
Please remember to bring your best smiles and forms.
Order forms have been sent home via backpack. You may send the order form in before October 10th. Please note that we are using a new company, Irvin Simon. We are please to inform you that if you have more than two children attending Waverly, ...Read the rest of this topic
We had a great turn out for our first PTA meeting of the year and we would like to thank all of those who attended. We appreciate you taking the time away from your families and busy lives.
Meeting highlights include:
- Update on the PTA budget, overview of cultural arts program, new officers ...
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