Friday, December 21, 2012
Milford public schools will review and revise safety procedures, such as lockdowns, beginning in January, and by spring will provide additional training for staff in security efforts, including surviving a shooting.
Milford Schools will review all of its procedures related to school security beginning in January, and revisions may include providing remote-operated panic buttons to staff, expanding surveillance systems and changing lockdown procedures. The review of existing safety procedures will be taken up in January by a subcommittee, said Superintendent Robert Tremblay. By spring, he said, all staff will be trained in additional security steps that they can take to prevent and survive a school shooting. The professional development is a sad reality, he said, referring to the fatal shooting last week of 26 young children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school. "Never did I envision as a superintendent that we had to prepare ourselves for …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Milford officials are re-evaluating security at local schools, after 26 children and adults were fatally shot in a Connecticut elementary school.
As an immediate step to reassure parents, teachers and children, police were stationed in every school in Milford this week. Principals instituted new security measures, requiring school visitors to make appointments to see teachers or other personnel, and advance notice for parents to dismiss their children early. Locks and windows were checked on all classrooms, to make sure they function properly. What happens to improve school security following the Christmas break — which begins at the close of school Friday — is still being considered. Some of the measures taken this week could easily be continued, Superintendent Robert Tremblay said Monday, on the WBZ Radio Nightside program, including requiring people to make appointments before …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Milford Police will be present in all school buildings this week, Superintendent Robert Tremblay announced Sunday.
Milford Police will be present in all school buildings this week, and all visitors to schools will need to schedule an appointment, according to a message sent to parents Sunday from Milford Schools Superintendent Robert Tremblay. The additional security steps are being taken in the aftermath of a school shooting Friday that killed 26 children and school employees at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. The gunman fatally shot his mother at her home, before the shootings, then took his own life following the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary. Milford school and police offiicials decided to increase security at all schools, after considering what they, as parents, would want to see on the reopening of schools Monday, said Tremblay, in an …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
In a message sent out to parents of Milford school students Saturday, Superintendent Robert Tremblay shared resources for coping with anxiety in children and adults.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Editor's Note: the following letter from Superintendent Robert Tremblay about the shootings in Newtown, CT was sent out to parents whose children attend Milford Public Schools. The following resources for speaking with children about the tragedy will be published on the district's website. Dear Families: As we try and make sense of the horrific tragedy in Newtown, CT and at the same time try to answer our children's questions that have no real answers, the Milford Public Schools are committed to providing as many resources to you as we can to help you discuss a difficult topic like this with your children. When a tragedy like this strikes, everyone's sense of safety and security can become uncertain. I want to assure you that our team of …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Milford School Committee violated the state Open Meeting Law by not including a reference to the school system security director position on a May agenda. The position was eliminated in the May 10 meeting.
Editor's Note: the following is a Nov. 19 letter to Milford Town Counsel Gerald Moody from the state Attorney General's Office, and refers to an Open Meeting Law complaint filed with the state by former Milford Public Schools Security Director David Cutler. Cutler's position was eliminated by the School Committee in a May 10 meeting. The 4-3 committee vote was made in a public session that followed a closed session. The meeting agenda had no reference to a discussion of school security. The committee later voted to have a subcommittee review the need for the district security position, but by then, Cutler had found a new job. Contacted Thursday, School Committee Chairman Patrick Holland said he accepts responsibility for the Open Meeting …