Dear HP Family Members,
Once again, the United States is faced with the reality of another school shooting. In Harrington Park, as with other schools throughout Bergen County and the rest of the country, we continue to examine all of the hazards that we might encounter during the day and take proactive measures to prepare for an emergency situation. This includes regular school safety drills and partnering with Harrington Park’s first responders to have an ongoing conversation regarding the best practices in school safety and security. These include but are not limited to:
Unannounced lockdown drills during all parts of the day
Along with our work, there are steps that you can take to help ensure the safety of our school:
-A common theme in many of the tragic incidents that have occurred over the past several years is that the alleged perpetrators sent signals in advance of the event. This includes, but is not limited to, social media postings that indicate that the party posting is in need of help. If you happen to come across this type of information, the best advice is “if you see something, say something” and reach out to the proper authorities.
-From a school-based perspective, we actively address all concerns in relation to the health and wellness of our students and staff. We are all encouraged to continue to reinforce to our children that the school district is focused on keeping them safe.
As you are aware, this past September members of the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning conducted an unannounced visit to the school to examine our emergency procedures. These experts praised the district’s ability to respond to an active shooter event. We will continue to work with the Harrington Park Police Department to assess our proactive measures to further keep our school safe. The HPPD has proven to be a strong partner, and we look forward to our continued work with them.
While we may be feeling a generalized sense of anxiety about this situation, we must all do our best to prevent this from negatively affecting our children's school experience. Please feel free to reach out to our school-based counseling resources as necessary.
I leave you with this thought:
That this life is a test. It is a test of many things - of our convictions and perseverance, our faith, our patience and our resilience, and in the end, our will to continue on for the greater good.
As always, please reach out if I can be of any further assistance.
Dr. Adam D. Fried
11:55 AM - 1:30 PM Axa Insurance
As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122) the Harrington Park School District has posted it's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights grade. To access the grade, click this link. Please feel free to contact Mr. Ross Herbert, Anti-Bullying Coordinator, if you have any questions.
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