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Message from Superintendent Mollie J. Purcell

We take the security of your children at Faith Family Academy very seriously and it is a top priority. We review our crisis manual at least annually and sometimes more often. We are in contact with law enforcement regularly to understand any new best practices to keep the children safe. Our procedures are practiced regularly so that our staff and the children understand what to do in an emergency. We also have a police presence on campus periodically as well as a robust and well-trained permanent security staff.

April 11, 2017

Dear Faith Family Academy Community,

As you might have heard, there was a shooting in a school yesterday in San Bernardino, California. While some information remains unknown at this time, reports are that two adults and one child are dead. Another child is critically injured. All indications are that the perpetrator was a non-staff adult who had an existing relationship with and was targeting an adult teacher. This shooting did not occur in our neighborhood, but these events always seem too close to home. Our hearts are with the families in the San Bernardino community as they heal.

Some students might hear about the events in the coming days on the news. For our younger students, we will steer any conversations away from this topic so that you may handle the news as a family. For our middle school students, we will discern whether we have the class time to devote to the conversation without cutting it short and potentially leaving some students upset or worried. Our counselors will also be available for conversations and to facilitate discussion as needed.

Please know that we take the security of your children at Faith Family Academy very seriously and it is a top priority. We review our crisis manual at least annually and sometimes more often. We are in contact with law enforcement regularly to understand any new best practices to keep the children safe. Our procedures are practiced regularly so that our staff and the children understand what to do in an emergency. We also have a police presence on campus periodically as well as a robust and well-trained permanent security staff. Finally, prior to this upsetting event in San Bernardino, we have already scheduled an extensive, external audit of our security and crisis management procedures due to be conducted this month.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, your division head, or our Assistant Superintendent of Operations & Facilities, Dean McGuire.

Best,
Mollie Purcell, M.Ed.

Superintendent



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