A brief summary of the topics presented and information shared during discussion is provided below.
West Shore Foundation
Dr. Stoltz provided an overview of the West Shore Foundation and highlighted some of the exciting things occurring with the group. A signature event is scheduled for Saturday, October 15, 2016, at the West Shore Country Club. “Cruise Control” will be the featured entertainment, and the evening will also include a silent auction.
The Foundation is always seeking volunteers. Additional information can be found on the Foundation website at www.westhorefoundation.org.
School Safety/Bag Searches
Tom Burnheimer, Director of Pupil Services, and Tom Ryan, Coordinator of Safety and Student Attendance, presented safety initiatives and sought feedback from the group on potential bag searches at the Stadium. The policy would initially be limited to Varsity and Junior Varsity football games only and not include 9th grade games. Numerous ideas were discussed including, but not limited to:
- No backpacks allowed in stadium
- Metal detector ‘wands’ to be used
- One gallon clear plastic bags for personal items
- Two lines of entry
- Fast line for those not carrying a large bag
- Line in which bags would be inspected
- Passes for frequent visitors to streamline entry
Concerns were expressed including, but not limited to:
- How to search those with bulky coats/blankets in colder weather
- Families with small children (diaper bags) and strollers
Active Shooter Drill
Mr. Burnheimer and Mr. Ryan reviewed important information regarding the active shooter drill scheduled for April 29, 2016. This will be an ‘active shooter’ drill, and all of Red Land High School will be evacuated to Cedar Cliff High School. All District schools will participate in a Lock Out, with someexceptions (such as already scheduled appointments) being made. The drill will focus on Student/Family Reunification (how to bring in parents and match with student in a timely and efficient manner). To prepare students and staff members, an active shooter video and the Run, Hide, Fight response have been discussed at the secondary schools.
Open Discussion Topics
- Information regarding safety concerns for the Hope Express event at New Cumberland Middle School were shared.
- The 2016-2017 School Calendar will be adopted by the Board in March. There was consensus that the March 9th half-day was disruptive; as such a mid-week in-service was not scheduled for next school year. Of note, the February 2017 President’s Day weekend does NOT include a possible make-up day in 2016-2017.
- High School Graduation venues were discussed. Several factors were considered, including student feedback, size of venue, climate control, and accessibility. As a result of review, the PA Farm Show Complex has been contracted for both the Cedar Cliff and Red Land High School graduation ceremonies. The venue is large enough that all participants can sit in the same area to watch graduation, and there is not a need to set ticket limitations.
- There was inquiry about three-hour delays in the future, since schools in a nearby county were implementing one this past year. We will look into this, but there are numerous logistical challenges, including how they would impact students attending CPAVTS.