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District Safety Report

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Dear Families, 


In light of the recent events that took place at Oxford High School last week, we want you to know that the safety of our students and staff is the number one priority of the Secaucus School District. We are using multiple measures to ensure that our school campuses are safe and responsive to any threat or emergency situation that is encountered. 


Our commitment to this pledge has included a recent active shooter drill held on our Middle/High School campus. On November 5th, Mr. Viggiani, Ms. Candela and I had the privilege of participating in an active shooter drill alongside the Secaucus Police Department, Secaucus Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Services, the State Police, and district staff volunteers. This drill was monitored by Hudson County SWAT and utilized cutting-edge technology to track each officer’s location in real-time, using an app called CRG Plans. Secaucus is the first town in Hudson County to utilize this software, funded through Homeland Security grants and by the Board of Education. We are extremely grateful to have established such a comprehensive plan for such a crisis during these unprecedented times. 


Our district administration has also worked diligently to ensure that our school buildings are operating safely on a daily basis. Surveillance cameras are installed in our schools and our buildings are patrolled throughout the school day by security and building administration. Meetings with law enforcement officials are held periodically to review safety practices and result in routine revisions of our crisis intervention plans for each school. Additionally, our campuses regularly practice lockdowns and other emergency drills that are advised and evaluated by local and county law enforcement officers. We also employ a full-time Class III Special Law Enforcement officer in every school building, accompanied with a security guard to ensure that all parts of each building are supervised at all times.


Most importantly, we are attempting to promote a culture in our school district where everyone has a responsibility to be vigilant, opposed to violence of any kind, and focused on safety. We encourage you to talk with your children about the importance of sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult. We also ask that you stress the importance of not participating in any behavior that may promote violence in school, such as using verbal threats, drawing suggestive/violent pictures, or bringing a weapon of any kind, even “fake”, to school. Our district has a strict “no tolerance” policy to anything that may be considered a terroristic threat, and such infractions may result in severe disciplinary action and an extensive police investigation. 


We are anxious to review lessons learned from the Oxford High School shooting so that we can continue to be proactive. We ask that you continue to offer your thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of that horrific tragedy, and work toward preventing such issues in our school district.


Respectfully, 


Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent of Schools

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