i attended a school athletic function last night at Shadle Park HS...I was lucky I did not get stuck in the "mashed potatoe" like snow on the main road "Longfellow Street" . This street is a school bus route and it was pathetic. We saw two cars get stuck on Longfellow as we were walking in. Why is this street not plowed for our students and parents that go to support SHADLE PARK HIGH SCHOOL?:
Why were students and staff not informed for the reason behind Wednesday's lockdown? Was this decision made at the district or building level?
I have no problem with the lockdown occurring , but I do have serious problems with the school not providing information to their students, much less their staff!
As it always does, lack of information led to increased fear, anxiety and rumors. Students were using their own devices (many young children carry phones now) to try and gather information and A. not finding reliable sources B. not understanding Freeman's location relative to their specific school. Some students found information that led them to believe their own family was in jeopardy and spread misinformation.
Many of your students have parents, or other family members, working in or attending small neighboring districts. Your inability, or unwillingness, to provide specific, age-appropriate information led to unnecessary immense emotional pain for the children who are entrusted to you! You then had the audacity to tweet advice on how to talk to children about these issues.
It is appalling that SPS has such lack of confidence in their staff they did not provide information to teachers in a timely manner. Many staff members have family members in other SPS buildings and neighboring districts. Telling SPS staff what is going on alleviates stress, allows staff to appropriately reassure students, and increases their ability to focus on their students, knowing whether or not their family is impacted.
While communication with the public regarding the lockdown was great, you need to take a hard look at how you treat those within your organization.
As with everyone, I'm incredibly saddened by today's events. But the SPS's wild over-reaction demonstrates an incredible lack of critical thinking. My daughter describes huddling in a group in the corner, many of the young girls crying thinking there's a madman outside the window about to open fire. There was never any risk to any student in the Spokane School District, in fact there has never been a coordinated attack on multiple districts at the same time in the history of the United States. 'Better safe than sorry' just doesn't cut it: you needlessly terrified hundreds of young, impressionable students for no good reason.
This website and the message that I received during the lock down stated that the safety of the children is number one priority, but seeing your strategy when a bomb threat is called into school doesn't make me think there is any common sense being applied to the methods being used. Please explain to me how locking down Jefferson elementary, during the shooting in the Freeman district, increases the safety of our children? Does the school board actually think that glorifying this tragedy is helpful? By locking down Jefferson, which is in a totally different district, do you feel that you are helping to remove the potential of this happening again? Locking down Jefferson elementary when they were never in danger, only draws unneeded attention to a troubled child that the school system failed to help ahead of time. did it not?
Your methods of "safety" are seriously questionable, and need to be addressed. To whomever reads this, I appreciate your time, but common sense needs to applied if we are to keep our kids safe.