March 12, 2018
Dear Nutley Parents, Staff and Community,
In our efforts to keep the community updated regarding safety and security, I wanted to reach out with another update.
On Monday, March 5, the Nutley Board of Education arranged for a leadership group from the district to meet with a team from Homeland Security including representatives from the Office of Emergency Management, the State Police, the Department of Education and local law enforcement. We had a very productive discussion, and it was determined that this team can provide a security assessment of all seven schools in the district, identifying any gaps and prioritizing recommendations to mediate risk, at no cost. We have been able to provide them with a district timeline for completion, and are looking forward to working with the team over the coming weeks.
Additionally, we have continued to have a police presence at and around each school, and for community events. Their cooperation and collaboration has been above and beyond, and much appreciated.
We have also been investigating enhancements to our buildings’ access systems including drop-off of items to students, exploring vendors who monitor emails and social media, and evaluating procedures and available resources for outside groups using the school facilities.
In conjunction with the efforts already in place, we are hopeful that this due diligence inspires confidence as we continue to identify what we are doing well, those things which may need improvement, and recommendations to enhance the overall level of protection within our buildings.
Once we have details of these assessments and next steps, we will invite the community to meetings, at which time we will discuss our findings and options. Tonight’s Board of Education meeting will focus on details for planning the next Five Year Strategic Plan and the 2018-2019 budget process.
Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe.
Dr. Julie Glazer