February 15, 2018

Dear West Babylon Parents, Staff and Faculty Members:

In light of the tragedy that unfolded in Florida yesterday, the West Babylon School District would like to remind parents and families of our commitment to ensuring a safe and secure educational environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Please do not hesitate to reach out to an administrator, social worker, psychologist or guidance counselor if you feel that your child is in need of special assistance and/or if you feel that you need guidance with how to best approach this situation with your child. For resources on helping your child deal with this tragedy, please visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.

As you know, throughout the last few years we have increased security presence in our school buildings.  Raptor, a visitor monitoring system, has also been installed in all district school buildings. Our District Emergency Response Team meets several times throughout the school year to review and enhance safety and security procedures. Along with emergency response drills, we continue to provide security related training sessions to all of our staff and faculty members. This year, in partnership with SCPD's Division of Homeland Security, all West Babylon Schools were presented with an active shooter awareness presentation at faculty meetings. We also modified our emergency response drills to include extended fire drills and lock down drills at times when students are not in classrooms (i.e. in hallways or during a lunch period). Although these drills cause some confusion, the purpose is to learn, practice and enhance procedures under various situations.

Despite these enhancements, we must always remain vigilant. As part of the District's initiative to “see something say something”, we encourage all parents and guardians to speak to your child(ren) to review steps that should be taken if they have any safety concerns. If a safety concern is noted on social media, please notify the police immediately.

As always, if you have any concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact any one of our school administrators.

Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly
Superintendent of Schools

 

See Something Say Something
Anonymous Tip Line: 631-376-7731
Contact Building Administration
Email: wbsecurity@wbschools.org
Contact Edwin Salas, Director of School Safety 631-376-7732
Call Security Line: 631-376-7731
http://www.wbschools.org/District/director_of_security