Principal's Message

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March  2018

This is the letter that was sent to all families on March 13, 2018 regarding our safety drills this month.

Dear Laurel Families,

 Each month, we practice emergency drills so that students and staff will be better prepared in the event of an emergency; in the event of an emergency-fire, earthquake, imminent threats, all of our San Mateo-Foster City schools follow San Mateo County’s Big Five procedures

This year we had planned to practice a lockdown drill in the spring.  In light of recent events, we have decided to have our lockdown drill on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.  Lockdown procedures are implemented if there is a situation at Laurel that could cause potential harm to students and staff.  There are specific directions your child will need to follow during a lockdown (see below). Please communicate the importance of following these directions with your child reiterating that these procedures help keep your child safe.  For additional information about our drills, please refer to page 18 of the Parent/Student Handbook found on the school’s website under “Community”.  Handbooks are also available in the school office in both English and Spanish.

During a lockdown, students need to be quiet so that they can hear and follow important directions given by the office staff and teacher.
Students will remain inside the classroom or MPR for students at PE, and will be directed to a secure area in the classroom by the teacher and will sit silently on the floor.
Classroom doors and windows are locked at all times.  In our lockdown drill, Classroom doors and windows are locked, lights are turned off, and shades are drawn.  Staff has been instructed to check for students in the hallways and will bring students inside the classroom before locking the door.  When possible, staff will email classroom attendance to the office, including students who they may have taken into their classroom so that we can account for all students. 
Every drill gives us the opportunity to practice and reflect on areas that we can improve upon. 

In addition, on Wednesday, March 14, teachers are planning to speak with their students about safety. Each grade level will focus on grade appropriate themes around safety at school.  You may see staff wearing the color orange- which has become a national symbol of solidarity in the movement to keep schools safe.

On Tuesday, March 27, we will also be participating in a District-wide Disaster Drill.  We will be practicing evacuating students and our student release procedures.  If you would like to help with this drill, please contact the school office by March 16. 

 How can you help keep Laurel safe? 

Please remember to sign in AND sign out in the office when visiting/volunteering at Laurel.  This practice helps us to know who is on our campus especially during an emergency where we need to account for all people on the campus.
Gates-We need your help!  When the gates are securely closed during school hours and you need to exit the school through a gate, please make sure that it closes behind you. In addition, we would appreciate if you can use the front gate on 36th Avenue, gates near the office OR the gate leading to the parking lot by the bicycle racks when leaving school.  This helps us immensely so that we do not need to constantly check our gates throughout the day. 
Students should not be waiting on the playground before 8:05am or on the playground after school, OR around the school perimeter after school since we do not provide supervision.  If you are late in picking up your child, please instruct your child to come to the school office where there are adults present. 
On behalf of the Laurel Staff, I would like to thank you for your continued support of our school and for your assistance in preparing your child for the upcoming emergency drills.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or myself.

Lori Fukumoto, Principal