Steven L. Cook, Superintendent
Improving our Schools for the 21st Century
The Summer of 2019 has brought about many new and exciting improvements to Haslett Public Schools. Phase I of our 2018 Bond Construction Plan is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the new school year. These improvements would not be possible without the continued support of our Board of Education, staff, and community.
Athletic updates at the secondary buildings include new tennis courts, concession stands, team rooms, multi-use turf surface at Jamie Gent Stadium, along with resurfacing the track and field. These improvements will ensure our student athletes are safe and competitive as they strive to achieve excellence.
Parking lot redesign and paving improvements at Murphy, Ralya, and Haslett Middle School will greatly improve safety and the traffic flow at each location. These newly designed traffic patterns will create separate drop-off and pick-up areas for buses and parents. Building principals will be communicating specific instructions to families prior to the beginning of the new school year. Information will also be shared during student registration, building open houses, and on the district website.
Safety and Security continues to be a priority for Haslett Public Schools. We have been collaborating with our partners at the Meridian Township Police Department to update and improve our current District Crisis Response Plans. These updates are a result of researched-based strategies designed to ensure we are using “best practices” in implementing our safety plans. Main entrance buzzer systems and other security procedures implemented at the beginning of the last school year have received positive feedback from our staff and community. Your support is appreciated as we strive to keep our students and staff safe.
Highlights of additional plans for the upcoming school year include:
- Completing the final design phase of K-12 classroom renovations (new furniture, technology, and other upgrades) to further prepare us for 21st century learning. All buildings will be holding a furniture fair during their open houses to showcase available classroom furniture options.
- Continuing our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support programs, which are designed to increase student assessment scores in all core academic areas.
- Entering into a partnership with the Capital Area District Library to provide a digital library card for all students and staff.
- Continuing to utilize our “Be Nice” and Youth Mental Health First Aid programs to promote a safe school environment for ALL students.
Thank you for your continued support of Haslett Public Schools. Feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to another successful school year.
Safety and Security - A Continued Priority
Safety and security continue to be a priority for Haslett Public Schools. This school year, District officials met with local law enforcement to ensure safety practices and procedures were aligned with approved state and national protocols.
Each school year, as mandated by the State of Michigan law, our students participate in a minimum of ten fire, tornado, and lockdown drills. A schedule for each building can be found on the District website. Meridian Township Police are invited to attend these drills to check proper implementation.
Each month throughout the school year, building counselors, social workers, psychologists, and certified mental health professionals convene to debrief crisis protocols and improve safety and security practices. These professionals also attend trainings to ensure A+ programs are in place to address the emotional and social well-being of our students and staff.
During the school year, the District K-12 Crisis Team meets biannually to coordinate ALL safety and security efforts and activities. During the 2018-19 school year, a Crisis Intervention Handbook was developed. This handbook can be viewed on the website.
Preparing students and staff in the event of an unplanned crisis is a priority to ensure safety. District staff has participated in suicide training and learned strategies to confront bullying. Haslett students create and participate in “be nice.” activities and attend OK2SAY presentations.
Additionally, K-8 building staff design anti-bullying lessons for students through the counseling program.
In August 2018, thanks to our supportive school community, the District passed a Bond Issue that allocated dollars in part to support additional school security. This school year we have:
· Locked down all entrances and exits during the instructional day in ALL school buildings
· Installed buzzer systems to screen visitors and vendors at ALL buildings
· Installed swipe card access points at building entrances
Other safety measures implemented during the school year included mandatory sign-in procedures for ALL visitors and ID badges for staff and visitors. Administrators also collaborated with Meridian Township Police to update district/building crisis manuals, which were approved by the Ingham County Management Coordinator.
Plans for the next school year include:
· Adding security cameras integrated with swipe card nodes at ALL entrances to instructional buildings
· Updating software for our direct alert emergency response system, which will immediately connect the district with the Meridian Township Police
· Installing a notification system to alert staff of any unsecured exterior doors
Haslett Public Schools welcomes feedback from the community. We strive for excellence and prepare daily to provide a safe, secure, and positive environment for student learning.