Monday Message 8/28/17

Dear Trinity Families and Friends,

Schools of the twenty-first century are expected to provide a level of safety and security unprecedented in the history of education. At Trinity, we have responded with a myriad of strategies to strengthen safety and security on our campus. Ever vigilant, the School Board, Administrative Team, Faculty and Staff are forever considering… what if?

Our intentional program of risk planning and mitigation begins prior to the first day of school when faculty/staff thoroughly reviews the school’s emergency management plan. Our school community will participate in more comprehensive preparations throughout the school year that will include procedures related to disaster/survival skills, emergency communication, tornado and fire drills, safe room-lock down, medical emergencies, active shooter on campus, bomb threats and a variety of other emergency response procedures and protocols.

All employees at TES are mandated reporters for the State of Texas. They must pass an extensive background check and are required to participate in Safeguarding God’s Children, an adult misconduct and child abuse prevention training offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Planning, preparation and practice are the keys to successful risk and emergency management and we will continue to promote these strategies to our school community. We will regularly review our safety checklist, meet with local law enforcement agencies, review best practices in school safety and existing laws, as well as audit all first aid supplies and crisis management kits. Trinity Episcopal School believes in a proactive approach to ensuring the safety and security of our children, our staff and our families. Our primary goal in the event of an emergency is to be as prepared as possible and that is why we practice, practice, practice. If or when the time comes, we will face the challenge of safety and security in a responsible, intentional manner that is designed to maintain calm and guarantee the well-being of our children and all others at Trinity.

Please stay tuned to TES website for school cancellation information. Please note that I will always ere on the side of caution, putting safety first.

School is cancelled for Monday, August 28th and we will decide on Tuesday and beyond as information becomes available. Updates will be posted by 2:00PM or earlier the day prior.

With warm regards,

Mark J. Ravelli

Head of School