|A safety update from Dr. Orr and Chief Adams |
Dear HPISD Parents, Staff and Community Members,
Security has been at the front of our minds as Highland Park High School has been dealing with a series of threats left on campus. Thanks to our parents and community members for the many phone calls, emails and conversations offering insight and support. Several parents and students have come forward with information, and we are hopeful that investigators will reach a resolution soon.
The police department, with the help of the FBI, continues to investigate the threats. We appreciate the assistance of everyone involved in the efforts to identify the responsible person or persons. We also value the cooperation of the students, staff and parents during this challenging time. We appreciate your understanding that police and district officials cannot share sensitive information that could hamper the ongoing investigation. We will work diligently to keep everyone apprised of any releasable developments in the investigation.
Parents, we cannot thank you enough for your partnership. Here is a list of several tips that, with your assistance, will help make our campuses safer:
Thank you for your partnership and support.
- Please do not drop off children before school opens unless they are meeting a coach, teacher or other campus supervisor.
- Keep an open dialogue with your children and encourage them to come forward with information related to school safety. Students and parents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to police or school officials. No possible threat can be taken lightly. Criminal activities can result in felony charges that will have a lifelong effect.
- Parents should wear their volunteer badges in plain sight at all times when on campus. We greatly appreciate your patience when checking into the school and going through criminal background checks.
- We ask that parents who need to contact their children during the school day do so through the proper campus channels. For example, if you need to deliver something to your child at school, please come to the front office to make arrangements. Please do not meet your child at the curb or at a playground fence, as this raises safety concerns for those who may not know that you are the child's parent.
- Please reinforce the message we give to our students about the importance of not opening campus doors to let people in, even their friends or others they may know. This allows us to know who is on campus and to run visitors through the security clearance procedure at the front office.
- Parents are encouraged to keep their firearms and ammunition in a secure location in the home where children do not have access to them.
Dr. Dawson Orr
UP Police Chief Gary Adams
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