POSTED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 5:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 5:39pm
EL PASO — The Ysleta Independent School District planned on releasing students early Friday, due to 'rumors circulating regarding the safety' of their campuses.
Below is the letter issued to parents and families of Ysleta students:
Dear Ysleta Parents and Families:
Last Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut has impacted us all deeply. Student safety in America’s schools continues to be a topic of national concern; our Ysleta family is no exception. Many rumors are circulating regarding the safety of our campuses. I want to assure you that student safety remains our number one priority. Because we realize that these rumors are causing increased anxiety for our parents, staff, and students, we have implemented enhanced security measures for all of our campuses. In addition, all campuses will have early release on Friday, December 21, 2012. Students will be released according to their early release schedule.
I ask your cooperation in complying with the following security measures, which will be in place effective immediately, in all schools. We believe that student and staff safety far out weigh any minor inconveniences that these additional procedures may cause. Our security measures must be strictly adhered to at all times, if they are to be effective. Our full time security department, in cooperation with the El Paso Police Department, continues to work closely withour campus administrators. We are all dedicated to protecting our children. Every campus has a campus emergency plan in place that they practice regularly with the students. Inaddition:
· All campuses are on modified lock down. Daily activity will continue, uninterrupted, within the building. All exterior doors, except the front door, will remain locked at all times.
· All PE and recess will be held indoors.
· As always, all visitors must sign in at the front desk and receive a visitor’s pass in order to be in the building.
· We will continue to have increased security and police presence at all campuses.
Events such as these can have a significant effect on usall, and our children are especially vulnerable. If your child(ren) require counseling support, please contact your school so that we may give them the help that they need. In Ysleta, our children come first. Thank you for your continued support of our district, and your faith in us to always do the best for our students.
Wishing you a safe and blessed holiday,
Michael Zolkoski, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools