Daily Safety in Light of Recent News

Dear Cabrillo Community,                                                                February 15,2018

It is with a sad heart that I have to write to you about yet another school shooting in our country.  Our thoughts are with those families who are dealing with this ordeal in their community in Florida.

I do want to share with you some information that might be helpful if your child wants to discuss these incidents with you.  The link below is from the National Association of School Psychologists.  I hope you will find them helpful.

In addition, I want to speak directly to our own safety procedures that we practice daily here at Cabrillo.  Every morning at 8:30 AM we lock the door leading to Crespi, the Door at the turn-around drop off and pick-up location, so that only our front entrance is accessible.  In addition, we lock the gates leading onto the play yard from Crespi.  We implemented these procedures so that we would be aware of anyone coming onto campus.  We re-open the gates to the yard at around 1:15 PM, which is pick-up time for Kindergarten.  The doors that are locked remain so because one can always exit through them, so they do not need to be unlocked for any purpose.

If you exit through these doors, we do ask that you be vigilant in ensuring that they close completely behind you.  With the age of our building, and changing weather, sometimes the doors can swell and not shut completely.  With your help, we can be sure that we are keeping our students secure in our building.

We also ask that you please check into the office if you are visiting for any reason, and only enter through our front doors.  Please wear a visitor or volunteer sticker when you are on campus.  This tells everyone working here that you have checked in appropriately.

Do not park and leave your vehicle unattended in the turn around at any time.  It is for pick-up and drop-off only.  Even if you think you’ll only be a minute, you must not leave your car unattended in this space.  Wish them a great day as they get out of the car, then drive on.  If you need to come into the building, you should utilize on-street parking in the neighborhood.  During school hours, there are often a few spaces in the west parking lot which is next to the portables

Only enter the building through the front doors.  I understand that it might be tempting to enter through an open door from the kitchen or another service entrance.  However, if these doors are open, it is because there is a pick-up, drop-off, or maintenance activity going on at that moment.  It is for yours and all of our safety that you use our main entrance.

The safety and well-being of all of our students is of the utmost importance.  Please help us stay safe by obeying all of these simple, but important, housekeeping rules.

Thank you,

Tom Stafford

Principal

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers

Talking Tips for Parents and Educators about recent school shootings