Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Kendrick The recent shooting at a high school in Parkland Florida is a tragic event that no school or community should have to go through. I’m sure all of our hearts and prayers go out to the students, staff, families, and community members impacted. Every time an incident such as this occurs it causes all of us to think about the students in our school district. I want to reassure you that the safety and security of students and staff have been and will continue to be a top priority for Warrensburg-Latham CUSD #11.

The painful reality is that no school district or public place can ever be completely immune from such senseless violence. While we cannot share all the details of our school safety plans, we believe it is important to share some of the more general and global safety measures that are in place. We are grateful for our community’s support that has allowed us to put these measures in place.

General Measures: •Strong partnership with local law enforcement and fire/rescue, including annual meetings for the purposes of threat assessment •District and building crisis manuals and plans •Specific safety protocols defined and articulated, including one for “an active shooter” •WL App, Blackboard, public notification system •Regularly scheduled safety drills •Building plans/footprints shared with law enforcement and fire/rescue

Daily Process and Procedures: •Alert and aware staff and administration •Active and engaged supervision •Strong relationships with students and families •Access control systems (locked doors) at all buildings •Visitors must go through school office before having access to classrooms/hallways •Surveillance cameras at all schools •Radio systems

We know that because of the world we live in today, the scenario that happened in Parkland, Florida and the one that happened in Mattoon last fall could happen in any school, any movie theater, any mall or store, in any town. We do not want ANY of our children or adults to be afraid to come to school or to be afraid to go anywhere for that matter. Safety is everybody's responsibility. All of us in the W-L Community play a vital role in staying vigilant, aware, and reporting any concerns to building principals, the district office, and the police. We ask that all staff and parents remain engaged with our school safety and security measures. We know that you share in our concern and our focus on safety and security. With Warrensburg