December 18, 2013
Dear Parent(s) / Grandparent(s) / Guardian(s):
I would like to bring you up-to-date on the school evacuation and early dismissal at John F. Kennedy Middle School that took place today.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., an exterior gas line outside of the building was severed causing the evacuation. Students and staff began boarding buses off school grounds for warmth at 11:40 a.m. Approximately 50% of the student body boarded buses within fifteen minutes and the remainder of the students were on buses no later than 12:15. Students returned to Kennedy Middle School only after being assured by safety officials that the building was safe to occupy at 12:40 p.m.
A decision was made to dismiss early today for the following reasons:
- Although the building was entirely safe, the odor of gas remained and could have been disruptive to the teaching and learning environment.
- During the evacuation, all energy was terminated including the heating system. The heating system could not be reenergized until late afternoon.
There will be an on-time start and a full day of school scheduled tomorrow, Thursday, December 19, 2013.
I would be remiss if I did not share with you how impressed I was with the Kennedy Middle School student body, staff, and administration. In addition, it is important for all to know that the immediate cooperation from safety officials (fire and police) helped to make a very difficult situation one that resulted in an orderly evacuation on a cold December day.
Finally, if any parent or community member is in need of additional information, or if you have further questions, please feel free to call my office at 860-628-3200.
Dr. Joseph Erardi
Superintendent of Schools
on Wednesday December 18, 2013
As we near the one year anniversary of perhaps the most heinous act ever bestowed on public school children (Sandy Hook – December 14, 2012) our district continues to spend a great deal of time and energy around the focus area of safety. Personally, as your school superintendent I get very uncomfortable when I begin to feel comfortable about security. There simply is no plan that ensures 100% security and safety for staff and students. I believe in the power in numbers and would like to invite you to be part of a standing committee that would meet quarterly with my office to remain proactive, brainstorm, and be preemptive at all times. Ideally, I would like parent representation at all levels. If you are interested in this community service for children please send me a quick note via my email address and I will be back in touch with you with the date of our December opening meeting. In advance, I thank all parents for being a partner to our safety solution.
on Monday November 18, 2013 at 08:25AM
Middle School Parents:
First, thanks so much to so many parents/grandparents/guardians who were able to attend our before-the-school-year-began briefing on the building projects. One pending question from parents centered on ongoing air quality testing at both JAD and JFK.
The attached document illustrates the timeline and the test.
As always, please feel free to call my office with any further questions or concerns you may have regarding this issue or any other issue that pertains to your child’s educational program.
on Thursday September 19, 2013 at 03:37PM
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