Safety and Security Update- January 2017
Parents and Guardians:
As the school year continues to move forward I wanted to take a minute to go over some safety and security items. As a parent myself I understand your concern for the safety of your children, both in school and out. The safety of everyone in our district, especially the kids, is a top priority for all of us. We are constantly reviewing our policy and procedures and looking for ways to upgrade or enhance the things we do to keep everyone safe. We work very closely with the Manalapan and Englishtown Police Departments, The Office of Homeland Security, the Prosecutor's Office and the NJ State Police to stay on the cutting edge of school safety.
In recent weeks we have seen several incidents out in the community that caused concern for some people. There were times that those concerns were almost immediately posted to various social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. The speed of social media is a double edged sword; it certainly gets the word out quickly since most of us are on line all day on computers and phones, but the down side is this; most times when there is an incident in one of the schools or out in the neighborhoods and social media explodes with rumors, partial facts or just plain bad info, it can create a very volatile environment.
People get scared, overreact, and panic builds. This doesn't help us or the police as we manage whatever is going on. Fact is most information that comes out at the beginning of any incident is not complete and changes quickly.
I assure you that any time something happens in one of our schools or in the neighborhoods that can be a danger to our students; we take immediate, forceful action to address the situation in coordination with our law enforcement partners. We are not a reactive district we are a pro-active district. We know you want and need to know what is going on as soon as possible, that's exactly what I would want, but we need to send out accurate information.
We ask for your trust, and to be a part of our security team. Please try to refrain from posting and reposting information on social media that is not verified. In the event that something happens in or out of school we need time to react properly, as soon as we get the correct information we will get it out to you using the various contact forms we have in the district.
The safety of the kids and the staff takes precedence in an emergency, once things are stabilized our next step is to reach out to you and let you know what's going on as quickly as possible as well as what, if anything, you need to do.
Thank you, Joseph Pangaro, Director of School Safety and Security.