September 24, 2018
Dear Warren Hills Community,
The Warren Hills Regional School District is committed to providing a safe, secure environment for students, parents, faculty, staff and community on a daily basis. The district has implemented multiple safety protocols, procedures and strategies to ensure the safety of all members of the WH community. We continually evaluate and plan for upgrades to security protocols in all of our district facilities. However, the most effective way for us to maintain our secure environment is to support open lines of communication with students, parents and the community. Please reinforce with your children to utilize the “see something, say something” mantra and contact an adult immediately.
We are fortunate to have a positive rapport with the Washington Township Police Department (WTPD). Through this partnership we have secured School Resource Officers (SRO’s) in both the HS & MS. This program provides an added layer of security to our already established School Security Program and our own School Security Personnel. As part of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we constantly share information to ensure our community is as safe as we can make it.
When the administration is notified of a possible threat, an immediate, thorough and comprehensive investigation is conducted in collaboration with the SRO and the WTPD. This was the case last week and the combined investigation determined that the social media post and student comment were found to be false and not credible. Should there ever be a credible and/or imminent threat to the school district, you would be notified immediately via Honeywell, Genesis, Twitter and Remind with current information and guidance on next steps.
In closing, the primary goal of the district is to provide a safe and secure environment for ALL members of our community. This goal is best achieved when we work together for the betterment of our schools and community. By maintaining open lines of communication, following the “see something, say something” mantra, contacting an adult, School Administrator and/or the WTPD immediately, we can address issues effectively and efficiently. This practice allows us to provide accurate, first hand information. As noted in the joint statement from Chief Cicerelle and I, “social media posts that contain incorrect or exaggerated information only helps to cause panic and alarm.” Together we can keep our community safe and secure!
Earl C. Clymer, III
Earl C. Clymer, III
Superintendent of Schools