We wanted to share the progress on security enhancements funded by the 2019 annual auction paddle raise, “Safety First!” After much thought, discernment, and gathering of data from parent surveys, security experts and our Parent Advisory Security Committee, we have moved forward in establishing a more secure perimeter for our school community. This mission driven decision demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our wonderful children and St. Al’s families. We thank you for your partnership, understanding and generosity for the following improvements which were completed or are in progress:
- Added additional key fob door entry systems completed
- Increased fencing to include entrance/exit gates completed
- Added black fencing for a secure barrier from the drop off area completed
- Installed red safety bollards in front drop off area completed
- Installation of an intercom system that will connect both buildings for use in safety protocols in progress
- Additional outside cameras in strategic locations in progress
Parking lot gates will be opened before the ELC opens and will be closed after the last scheduled school activity, usually around 8pm. We have changed the pedestrian gates around the perimeter of the school to be exit only. If families walk to school in the morning from the east or west side of the buildings, we will have gates near the field open at 8:15-8:30 am for you to escort your child into the school. Also, the new black fencing on the west side of the school has a gate for you to enter and exit.
In addition, our school property and grounds are no longer considered Heath Park. We are grateful for the many years of partnership with the City Parks Department who helped us care for our grounds. The City Parks Department no longer leases the space or maintains the grounds. All maintenance is completed and paid for by St. Al’s. As our vibrant school community has grown and expanded, we fully utilize this space during most of the daylight hours.
Our security enhancements will assist us as we work in partnership with you to keep the safety of our 442 students our top priority. Please check Monday News for security reminders and updates throughout the school year.
Principal Angie Krauss, Father Tom Lamanna, and Parent Advisory Council