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School Safety

02.21.18 | Head of Schools | by Dr. Timothy Dernlan

School Safety

    School shootings and other violence has become a common occurrence in American schools. Active violence in schools and the media coverage surrounding these horrific events have dramatically increased in the past three decades. The mindless murder of school children is shocking, heartbreaking, and leaves us looking for answers.

    School shootings and other violence has become a common occurrence in American schools. Active violence in schools and the media coverage surrounding these horrific events have dramatically increased in the past three decades. The mindless murder of school children is shocking, heartbreaking, and leaves us looking for answers. Fear, anger, and
    soul-crushing sadness are just a few of the many emotions we feel after yet another school shooting.

    Reach Christian Schools have emergency plans for active shooters, fires, bombs, and several other unique emergency situations. The campus security
    plans we have in place are well reasoned and time tested. Our school campuses are very safe; however, we continually seek to improve and refine our plans and procedures. Many of our emergency plans are publicly practiced with the children, while some elements of our plans are intentionally kept
    confidential.

    Last year, I attended a school safety conference in Baltimore, MD, and two another administrators also attended a school safety seminar. Last month, we
    installed sixteen new security cameras at the Red Lion campus and plan to install more in the next few months. Last week, a large portion of our staff was
    trained in emergency response protocol during a two-hour professional development workshop. These are just a few of the many things we are doing
    to proactively address the safety of the children in our care.

    As a Christ-centered school system, we know that only God can change the hearts of broken individuals, save them through the blood of Jesus, and make them new through the work of the Holy Spirit. The beautiful gospel message of Jesus is the only true hope for our children and communities. Over the next few months, I hope to challenge us with a few ways we can foster an environment of faith, hope, and love at Reach Christian Schools. My desire
    is for Reach Christian Schools to look and act differently than the schools around us. We must turn our eyes upon Jesus and reflect Him to our students,
    each other, and the world around us.

    May God bless you and keep you this week.