Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Some principals reassure parents by email that their concerns are being taken seriously after Newtown tragedy.
School principals in St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 reached out by email to reassure parents steps are being taken to ensure their children are safe, as well as to address the questions or even counseling needs children may have in reaction to Friday’s deadly massacre in Newtown, Conn. A gunman on Friday forced his way into Sandy Hook School, where he murdered 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. Before that violence began, he shot his mother to death in her home. Some principals, as Superindendent Dr. Donald Schlomann did, began emailing parents on Sunday to reassure them that student safety is a priority. Schlomann noted in his email that mental health and emotional struggles were becoming apparent as …
Monday, December 17, 2012
St. Charles school officials to evaluate security measures, consider mental health concerns after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Friday’s shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a schoolhouse in Newton, Conn., stunned the nation. Each detail that emerged about the violence at the hands of a deranged gunman struck a nerve for many parents, who wondered, “Are my children safe in their schools?” Late Sunday afternoon, while some St. Charles parents expressed their fears and concerns when St. Charles Patch hosted a Facebook discussion of the issue, St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 announced initiatives educators hope not only will keep children safe, but also will head off potential violence before it erupts. Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann sent the email about 4:30 p.m., about 50 minutes after the Facebook discussion began. Schlomann wrote …
Late Sunday afternoon, some St. Charles parents expressed their fears and concerns about school violence when St. Charles Patch hosted a Facebook discussion of the issue.
St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Superintendent Dr. Donald Schlomann emailed this message to parents of District 303 students at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The tragic events which occurred last Friday in Connecticut have resulted in a lot of discussion nationwide about a range of related topics. My observation is that those discussions have centered on taking reactive actions in an attempt to provide certainty that the events at Sandy Hook School will never happen again. As the passage of time has revealed more of the facts about Friday’s events in Connecticut, much of the focus has turned to mental health and identifying individuals who may be struggling emotionally. I would like to share with you some initiatives we are going to take in St. Charles District 303. As you might expect, our staff will review all our security measures just as many other school districts are doing. More …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Board of Education Policy Committee recommendation echoes concerns that have prompted some states to outlaw the practice by employers.
The St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 Policy Committee on Monday recommended that the full Board of Education enact a policy change that would prohibit the school district from asking job candidates for their user names and passwords for their social media accounts. The committee’s recommendation pertained to a proposed Hiring Process and Criteria policy change that also would limit when the district can conduct credit checks on prospective employees and would restrict the district from checking a job candidate’s worker’s comp claims history. The social media portion of the proposed policy change reflects an Illinois measure signed into law this year and a growing concern among privacy advocates about the perception that …