The following letter was sent home to parents on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:
I hope this letter finds you well. We’ve had an academically and culturally prosperous couple of months here at Liberty High School. As always, our District Safety Committee and Building Safety Committee continue to strengthen and improve upon our safety procedures. Their careful analysis along with feedback from students has led us to using a training protocol called Run, Hide, Fight.
We will begin Run, Hide, Fight presentations starting with school administrators and then with teachers, staff and ultimately, students. The presentations, which will be new to Liberty Schools, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department. These presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings in Florida and Maryland earlier this year. Last spring, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training is needed. The Run, Hide, Fight protocol originates and is a copyright of the City of Houston made in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security.
Our School Resource Officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake, will be assisting in coordinating and leading the presentations and trainings. According to Officer Brust, who has been trained in the protocol, “Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation. Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to. The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature.”
The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety trainings this year. In February and March, teachers, staff and later, Liberty High School students, will become familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact me. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Middle School Assistant Principal and Director of the District Safety Committee, Mr. Patrick Sullivan at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2306 or PSullivan@libertyk12.org.
All the best,
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