Dear parents and community members:
As we all try to come to terms with the terrible and senseless tragedy that took place at a Florida high school yesterday, I wanted to remind/notify you of all that we are doing at William Floyd to keep our students and staff safe on a daily basis.
Our security team continues to remain vigilant patrolling the perimeters of our schools and staffing the guard booths. As is protocol, schools remain on lockout (locked from the inside), and all parents/visitors are required to check in with security, show identification and state the reason for their visit before entering our schools. All of our buildings also have a vestibule with an additional door that remains locked at all times to provide an extra layer of security. All schools in our district continue to hold mandatory lockdown drills to help our students and staff stay prepared in the event of an actual emergency. We are in contact with the Suffolk County Police Department on a regular basis and they have assured me that they will continue to provide the great support that we are accustomed to. We also have a Suffolk County Police Officer assigned to William Floyd as a School Resource Officer who is in our schools interacting with our students and staff. The district also inspects, and if necessary, updates its perimeter and emergency response plans on a regular basis, to ensure we are providing the highest level of safety at all times. We continue to be proactive and vigilant in all that we do.
I would also like to take a moment to remind you that if you see something that seems out of the ordinary, please say something. If you are a student, please let a parent, teacher, administrator or other trusted adult know immediately. If you are a parent or community member, please let us know and if you believe it’s an emergency, please call 911. The district also has a confidential hotline set up for anonymous tips, 631-874-1200.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this senseless tragedy. Grief and crisis counselors continue to be available to our students should they have any questions regarding this tragedy.
Rest assured that the William Floyd School District will remain vigilant in keeping all of our students and staff safe.
Kevin M. Coster
Superintendent of Schools