Principal updates

New Attendance Policy
Please be sure to read pages 21-23 in the Parent-Student Handbook, as the WSESU Attendance Policy has changed from last year.  This information is posted on our school website, too.  Feel free to call with questions.

Service Day 2018
Thursday, October 18th will be Service Day at WS!  This is the day that we have visitors come and show us the equipment they use to provide a service in our community. The students have a chance to ask questions of the service people. Service people will eat with our students! We are fortunate to have a special demonstration for all to see. Parents and community members are more than welcome to join us for recess, 11:00-12:00, to tour the vehicles, too!

Clear the Hall Secure the Building
The state of VT requires schools to complete a fire drill and a lock down drill during the month of September. We conducted a fire drill last week and today, September 14, 2018 at 8:05 am, we completed a Clear the Hall, Secure the Building drill.  We made sure to mention it daily as a way to let our younger students know that this is part of what we do to be safe in school. We made sure to present it in an appropriate way, as our motto is “ Prepare, Don’t Scare”. Teachers spent this week talking about why we do these drills and why they are part of our school safety plan. Teachers made sure to discuss the commonly used commands: Shelter in Place, Clear the Hall, Secure the Building, Evacuation, and Clear the Hall, Secure the Building-Move to the Second Floor. Like last week’s fire drill, the lock down today was done to perfection. Within seconds, the school was absolutely quiet. The In-house Crisis Team checked every door to ensure they were locked. They checked every alcove, bathroom, and open spaces to see if anyone could be seen or heard. We are so proud of all in the school community for doing such an awesome job!  Be sure to ask your child about today’s drill to hear their perspective. We encourage questions and feedback. We care about what you think. YOU are a part of our team, too!

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