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This morning, we conducted our second required lockdown drill for the school year. This drill included an evacuation of the building, loading of the busses in an alternate location, and our annual emergency go-home drill. The drill did take longer than planned. We appreciate everyone's patience as we completed the exercise. Again, our faculty, staff, and students did a fantastic job! Enjoy the long, Veteran's Day weekend!
Posted by gloverd41  On Nov 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM 9 Comments
This morning, Thursday, November 3rd, the Salem Central School District held its first lock down drill of the school year. The purpose of this first drill was to focus on faculty, staff, and student be out of earshot, out of sight, and in a secure location. Once the lock down drill was initiated, administrative teams went to each classroom to check on these items and gave immediate feedback to students and teachers on the things they did well and the things they could do to improve. You should be very proud of your students! They performed exceedingly well. Once a room was checked, they were allowed to continue regular instruction in the classroom until the drill was completed. The entire event lasted approximately 30 minutes for faculty, staff, and students. New state regulations require four (4) lockdown drills in total for the school year; one per quarter. We will complete our second lockdown drill before the Christmas break and the last two (2) drills in the spring. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Thank you for your continued support of our school as we work to maintain a safe learning environment for all.
Posted by gloverd41  On Nov 03, 2016 at 11:43 AM
As you may know, New York State recently mandated that all public schools test their water to verify that the water is safe for students. Specifically, schools are required to test all water access points to verify that the amount of lead in the water is at a safe level (less than 15 parts per billion).   We completed our water testing at the end of last month and recently received our test results for the District. In all our buildings on campus, we had 61 access points test above the maximum limit allowed to be considered safe for drinking. We tested a total of 198 locations. The high lead areas are mainly in the main building and include classroom sinks, science lab worktables, and showerheads in the boys’ and girls’ locker rooms. A detailed report will be posted to our website.   All areas of concern are signed or shutoff as appropriate. We are working on resolving the problem areas, which mainly involves replacing fixtures where the lead tests were high. We also notified, or will notify, the appropriate local and state agencies as required.   We continue to make the safety a priority at our school. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Posted by gloverd41  On Nov 02, 2016 at 4:23 PM
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