Principal Message

Principal Kevin Rupprecht

HP Principal Message September 2019

School is back in session! It is great to have the hallways and classrooms bustling with student learning and teachers teaching. Thank you to the ASB Leadership for a wonderful Welcome Back To School Assembly! We look forward to welcoming all of our families at our Back To School Night on September 12 at 6:00 p.m.

As we continue on into the new year, we want to remind families of the importance of several matters. Every minute matters, so we expect our students to be to school and in classrooms on time. Tardies and absences add up to a great loss of learning time. Coming to school prepared with a learning centered mindset free of distractions is what is truly necessary for student success. We ask that families help their students limit distractions, whether that is by overuse of cell phones, video games, or trinkets that sometimes find their way into school. Families, please continue to drop off and pick up your students in the back parking lot loop as this provides for a safer school.

We also want to share that HP and CPSD have partnered with the Sandy Hook Promise-Say Something program. Students will be learning more about keeping a safe learning environment on September 13 during advisory class as we will be explaining in detail this initiative to keep threats, violence and bullying out of our schools. Learn more online.

We want to elaborate further regarding when a threat is made and how we respond to a threat. If we receive a concerning message, comment or threat, Lakewood Police and school administration immediately begin to investigate the matter. Inappropriate comments regarding school safety are all taken seriously, and through the investigation process, they land on a spectrum of a Low Level Threat to High Threat. The determination of the level of threat is made by the amount and types of evidence we find during a Threat Assessment Protocol.

For example, if Law Enforcement finds a person to have made an off-the-cuff, inappropriate, one-time comment, with no other indicators of merit, that instance will be labeled as a Low Level Threat. A High Level Threat is determined through the investigation and protocol that there are several comments, motive, means and other corroborating pieces of evidence to inform us of a higher threat distinction.

In the school setting, a student who makes a threat and finds him/herself on the spectrum of threat level will likely receive a form of school suspension, counseling, other forms of discipline, and may have Law Enforcement intervention. Thorough investigations take time, so communication to families and community members may, at times, feel late. Schools can only comment so far on a particular matter, due to privacy rights and law enforcement protocols and rules.

We appreciate your ongoing conversations with your children regarding keeping and maintaining a safe school, free of bullying, intimidation and harassment, and all forms of school violence. HP teaches the IB Learning Profiles, and at the root, kindness is the essential element.

We look forward to another great school year!

Kevin Rupprecht
Principal

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