December 14, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the parents and families affected by the tragedy in Connecticut.
Although we are thousands of miles away, I understand there are a lot of questions in our community about how ASD handles school safety.
Our district places student and staff safety as a top priority. We routinely practice emergency drills, including lockdown measures for crisis situations that could involve school intruders.
Our staff is trained in emergency procedures and all schools have an Emergency Action Plan.
In addition to our in-school procedures, we also have partnered with the Anchorage Police Department to have School Resources Officers assigned to our schools for added safety measures. Their roles, and that of all of our employees, are critical in keeping our schools safe.
I encourage you to speak with your child's principal about what we do to ensure the safety of your children while they are in our care at school.
Jim Browder, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
From the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)