Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,
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? As I shared at the Back to School Orientation, last year we as educators witnessed too many school shootings to get into statistics. However, in almost every case it is not a stranger from outside the community, it is someone from within the school community, someone who is mentally unstable, someone crying out for help, someone that is sick, someone that is lonely…
Our intentional program of risk planning and mitigation begins on the first day of school when all Faculty and Staff thoroughly review Emergency Procedures. Our theme this school year is, “Creating a Sense of Belonging” and our comprehensive review includes procedures related to disaster and survival skills, emergency communication, tornado and fire drills, safe room-lock down, medical emergencies, active shooter on campus, bomb threats and a variety of emergency response procedures and protocols that will be reviewed throughout the school year. Most importantly we know our community well.
All employees at Trinity are Mandated Reporters for the State of Texas; all employees 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. We ask that anyone volunteering on campus more than five times in a school year take this training as well.
Planning, preparation, and practice are the keys to successful risk and emergency management, and we will continue to promote these strategies to the school community. We regularly review our safety checklist, meet with local law enforcement agencies, review best practices in school safety and existing laws. 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. We practice, practice, practice, so that when and if the time ever comes, we can face challenges to safety in a responsible, intentional manner designed to maintain calm and guarantee the well-being of our children and everyone else at Trinity.
In keeping with our “Creating a Sense of Belonging” theme, we have a great community event this Friday! Please make every effort to attend our PTO sponsored “Back to School Bash.”
- 5:30 to 6:00– K-8th grade students will showcase their classroom to their parents, and they will introduce you to their Enrichment Teachers.
- 6:00 to 7:30– Trinity Episcopal School Community will meet on the Playground for Pizza and D.J. fun!
With warm regards,
Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550