In response to the two student-involved shootings in Wisconsin over the past two days, we feel it is important to reach out to Cedar Grove-Belgium families, at this time, to reassure you that student and staff safety is an ongoing and important concern in our schools. We want you to know that we have safety plans in place that are continually reviewed in order to create a safe school environment. It is our responsibility to make sure that our students and staff are given the tools to react appropriately to events that threaten their safety. Our plans, procedures, and ongoing dialog with students highlight those tools in order that students and staff are readily familiar with them. School safety protocols are reviewed regularly, safety drills and discussions are conducted throughout the school year, and staff members receive training on threat preparation and response. In addition, as you may be aware, we have daily proactive measures in place, to maximize a safe learning environment for all.
In the midst of all the safety plans and protocols that are in place, the events of yesterday and today, remind us once again that students, staff, parents and community members remain our greatest asset in keeping our schools as safe learning environments. Please encourage your children to report to a trusted adult anything that feels like a threat to safety or seems suspicious. "If you see something, please say something." We take these reports seriously and will always investigate and collaborate with local law enforcement agencies when necessary.
Thank you for your continued support and collaboration in keeping our children safe. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding school safety in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District.
Cedar Grove-Belgium School Administration:
Dr. Claire Martin - Superintendent
Mr. Josh Ketterhagen - High School Principal
Ms. Kelly Dzurick - Middle School Principal
Mr. Jeff Kondrackiewicz - Elementary School Principal
Mrs. Tamra O'Keefe - Special Education Director
Mrs. Kris DeBruine - Business Manager