Dear SHS Parents and Guardians,
I am sure this has been a difficult time for all of us given the amount of information that has been communicated related to the recent school shooting that took place in an elementary school in Connecticut. I cannot begin to imagine the challenge this week brings to the family members and others affected by the tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut. As the school’s principal, an event such as this one of course causes me to reflect on our own safety challenges and connect with the many people that support school safety in an effort to ensure that Shorewood High School is proactive in its efforts to keep our students safe.
Shorewood High School’s challenges related to this topic are certainly unique. With an "open campus" and multiple buildings it is highly difficult to arrive at a campus safety solution that (1) allows students access to the buildings throughout a seven period day and (2) allows us to at the same time keep all exterior doors locked all day. That being said, we have made some noticeable improvements over the past couple years and while there is still work to do, I believe it has helped. I have listed the campus security efforts that we have made below.
- We added video surveillance throughout the campus two years ago.
- For about the last three years we have been replacing all exterior doors with new doors and systems that allow us to lock them all simultaneously through a computer command. This is still a work in progress.
- We added a Campus Supervisor to our staff that works from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm each school day to help keep the campus safe.
- We have practiced and discussed lock down situations with our students so that they are informed and know what to do in a time of crisis. We will continue to conduct these practice situations each year.
The Shorewood High School campus was designed to resemble a "miniature college campus" and therefore our challenges are more similar to those of a UWM or Marquette than they are to other high schools that are housed "under one roof."
Moving forward and in light of the tragic events that occurred in Newtown Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012, the Shorewood Police Department will increase their presence around all the schools in the Village. This not only includes increased patrols but I have also invited officers to complete random walk-throughs in our buildings during the school day. These actions are purely precautionary and are meant to help people feel safe on our campus.
We will also spend this week’s Wednesday homeroom as an opportunity to hold open communication about the recent tragedy and better understand how we can move forward as a school community.
Please know that the SHS Student Support Services Office houses two school counselors and a school psychologist that are available to work with your student on issues that he or she might be struggling with related to this and other topics.
In addition, there are numerous school crisis resources available via online resources. A few of them have been listed for you below:
Shorewood High School
Phone: (414) 963-6920