August 31, 2018
Dear Middle School Parent/Guardian:
I am writing this letter to you to supplement the information found in the letter written by Dr. Hicks that thoroughly explained the steps that the Safety Task Force took to enhance district-wide school security.
Dave Dzierba, a retired NY State Trooper, has been hired to serve as the second SRO (School Resource Officer) in the district. His home base will be the Clarence Middle School. He and Officer Ballow will circulate throughout the district, but will spend the majority of their time in the middle and high schools.
The newly created Family Support Center will be located at the Middle School but will serve students and families from all six schools. Of course, its location will be advantageous for our students and families. We will benefit greatly from the mental health services the center will provide.
One of the most impactful changes will be the requirement that parents coming into the building will need to bring their licenses to be scanned into the new T-pass system. The system will print a temporary photo ID for visitors that have meetings or other business within the building. It always takes some time to work out the kinks of any new system, but we will certainly use common sense in terms of granting access to the building for lunch and homework drop-offs. The program will officially start on September 18, 2018. The moral of the story is, when in doubt bring your license into the building, particularly for longer meetings.
Parents are reminded that students may not be dropped off at the middle school before 7:30 a.m. Students arriving between 7:30 and 8:30 should enter the building through the south cafeteria entrance and report directly to the north cafeteria where announcements will be made about morning activities, intramurals, and club meetings. Students arriving after 8:35 should also enter the building through the south cafeteria entrance and proceed to the academic wing or north cafeteria if they are having breakfast. First period begins at 8:58, with a warning bell ringing at 8:55.
Dismissal takes place at 3:35 p.m. 6th grade parents should pick up their children on the west or auditorium side of the building. 7th and 8th grade parents should pick up their children in front of the middle school on the Greiner Road side. Please exercise patience and caution during dismissal and heed the instructions of staff members who may be directing traffic. If you have an appointment near dismissal time, it would be best to pick your child up from school no later than 3:15 to avoid the afternoon rush.
Thank you for your cooperation as we begin the school year.
Robert E. Moore