Dear Students, Families, and Community Members,
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. We will be remembering, with great sadness, the events of that day and so many others like it. The violence in schools across our country is both heartbreaking and unconscionable. Safety and security is our first priority. We believe that strong relationships with our students are key to that safety. When we know our students well, and they trust us to care for them, we help to create a safer school environment. The new Cornjerker Pantry and our district mentoring program are just a few of the many examples of how we work together in classrooms, schools, and district-wide to go above and beyond for our students. Our staff researched and chose a new social-emotional curriculum that is being implemented this year. We leveraged a grant to add additional social work support ensuring that every school has the benefit of a full-time social worker. We are in the process of expanding our partnerships with Crosspoint and Carle to provide school-based counseling services for K-5 and 6-12 students. We are training all district staff in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Trauma-Informed Practices, and ALICE crisis response. We are using an app called, StopIt!, that allows students and families to report safety concerns anonymously to the principals. Administrators have new radios that help us to communicate well with each other. We worked the entire 17-18 school year to revise our district crisis plan, with the input of the police and fire department, so that our plan is aligned with state recommendations. Our district safety team meets regularly to review our safety processes. These are just highlights of the ways that we work together to continuously improve safety and security at Hoopeston Area.
If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact the school office or the district office at 217-283-6668. School safety is a collaborative effort, and we appreciate your input.
Suzi Hesser, Superintendent of Schools