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Principal's Security Letter

February 15, 2019

Dear Parents & Guardians:

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the winter season. The high school administration, in an effort to provide timely information, would like to share school security and safety updates and training that has occurred and is planned for the upcoming weeks & months.

Our School Resource Officer from the Nassau County Police Department conducted situational awareness training with all students. The goal is to encourage students to exercise vigilance in the hallways and in the community and practice the “see something, say something” adage in the event there is anything that appears to be outside the norm. Our faculty received this training earlier in the school year. In addition, our faculty has participated in the “Stop the Bleed” training and professional development on mental health issues and wellness of adolescents.

We have increased the number of scheduled lockdown drills for the school year. New York State requires that all schools conduct 4 of these drills, over the course of the year. The North High Administration team has scheduled 1 per month, at varied times of the day and will have conducted a total of 8 by the end of the year.

Prior updated security measures include the continued practice of having 1 point of entry (the main entrance) and exit during the school day; providing us with the ability to monitor student movement. In addition, all other access points have been armed with a door alarm as a measure to dissuade students from opening the door for anyone; including staff members.

The final upgrade is the construction of a vestibule at the main entrance of the high school. The purpose of this structure is to implement an additional step in the process of gaining entry to the building. Visitors will have to present their identification through a glass partition, (similar to a bank teller), before being granted access. In addition, parents dropping off items such as athletic gear, lunch, homework, etc. can leave it in the vestibule and it will be collected by our security staff; no access to the building will be required to do so.

On behalf of the faculty and staff at John L. Miller, Great Neck North High School, I want to assure you that we take the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously and make a concerted effort to continue to work towards that end. We appreciate your continued support in this endeavor and ask that you continue to reinforce at home the importance of your child’s vigilance and reporting of any and all concerns.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the high school administration team at 516-441-4700.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Holtzman

Principal