School Beat — October 15, 2009

Keeping our schools safe and secure

by CHARLIE BROWN
Director of Security
Rockford Public Schools

As a result of the recent national news stories about school safety, we want to assure you that the security and well-being of our students and staff are of the most importance at Rockford Public Schools (RPS). Staff and students practice and train regularly for a variety of simulated crisis situations. Our district works with local fire and law enforcement organizations to prevent, prepare and respond to emergency situations.

Parents, students and the community that we serve are also important and valued partners in school safety by helping watch for suspicious activity and issues of concern and reporting them promptly. Please report any concerns to your school administrator or local law enforcements. Reports can also be made anonymously to Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345. Silent Observer can now receive text messages from those wishing to do so. Simply text “Tip 138” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). The keyword “Tip 138” must appear on the first line of the text message in order to reach Silent Observer.

Drugs, weapons, fights, vandalism and larceny—the consequences for students involved in these activities are severe and can include expulsion and prosecution.

In addition to prompt and appropriate reports of concerns and rumors, we also encourage families to monitor student Internet use, and to remind students that information posted on social networking sites is public. It can be a cause for concern and may have legal consequences.

About Squire News

The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.
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