At the December meeting, the Wake County Security Department gave a presentation. Two members of the security team were present – Russ Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org
) who is in central office and Kendrick Scott, a security officer on the ground at various schools. The county has several different programs in place to ensure each child’s security throughout the school day. Some of these programs are mandated by the state and some are WCPSS policies. They have organized extensive communication networks (which include detailed protocol procedures, building schematics, etc) between the schools, WCPSS and the local emergency responders in the event of an incident. After every incident, they review what happened in order to learn and adjust procedures, if needed. There is a lot of help available to students and their families who are willing to change and grow – they just need to let their school counselors know of their issue and they will receive help.
The current project the Security team is working on is ensuring that all schools in Wake County have equivalent security resources. In the past, there have been unequal numbers of surveillance cameras on each campus with many schools having none at all. They have been working to establish county wide minimums for each type of school (elem, middle and high) and they have just finished up purchasing and installing cameras for all elementary schools in the county – so now, each elementary school has cameras and they also have the correct number of cameras at each school. They will begin to work on middle and high schools next.
One of the biggest weaknesses and the main resource that the security department is requesting are more school counselors. The presence of an adequate number of school counselors is their first line of defense to ensure the safety of each child on each school campus. The suggested ratio of school counselor to student number is 1:250 – so 1 counselor for every 250 students. Wake County is currently at 1:650 for middle and high schools and 1:1250 for elementary schools.
Also a side note for parents…in light of the beginning of the year where several social media threats occurred in WCPSS schools, if you or your child becomes aware of a threat made to a WCPSS School campus via social media, please immediately contact your school’s principal and/or the WCPSS Tip Line (919) 856-1911
. All threats are investigated and taken very seriously.
If you have any security related questions, please feel free to contact Russ Smith at email@example.com
The next BAC meeting will be held at March 6 at 9:00am at Dillard Drive Middle School. All parents/guardians are welcome and invited to attend.
A special thank you to Beth Lewis. She is our BAC representative for WLMS, and is instrumental in providing us with updates from WCPSS….
There are some exciting events coming up for the Wildcat families. But we need your help in making these events great!
The School Improvement Committee meets once a month to discuss how to make WLMS the best place it can be. They are looking for more parent representatives to provide feedback & help coordinate with teachers & students any new changes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can donate just 1 night a month to making your school great…
Mark you calendars for the 8th Grade Dance, scheduled for May 12th, 7-10pm. Soon there will be a Sign Up Genius sent out looking for volunteers. Our hope this year is that 6th & 7th grade parents can help setup so that 8th grade parents can enjoy the evening with their 8th graders. If you are interested in helping please email the PTSA – email@example.com
It’s only January, but we already know that there are positions that will be open in the next school year in the PTSA. If you can donate even a small amount of time, please let us know. These positions are open for the 2018/19 school year:
Spiritwear, Membership, Reflections, & Book Fair.
And lastly, the easiest way to donate to the PTSA is through linking your Amazon, Harris Teeter, Publix, Food Lion, Lowes Foods and Office Depot sites. It doesn’t cost you a thing, and for every dollar you spend, WLMS gets a percentage back. It’s that simple!! Click here to find out how…. https://wlmsptsa.wordpress.com/fundraising/