From the Office of the Superintendent
Jennifer Lee
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

October 2, 2018


Dear Families,

The Smackover-Norphlet School District is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students.  To increase student safety, the school district has hired school resource officers, installed safety cameras, built fences, and installed safety doors with codes.  Additionally, the school district has trained personnel how to respond to crisis situations.

Unfortunately, sometimes events happen in which the safe and secure learning environment is compromised despite our best efforts.  When that occurs, our immediate goal is to quickly and safely minimize harm to our students and the employees of the district by doing the following:

  1. School officials will contact law enforcement and other necessary emergency personnel.
  2. School personnel will follow emergency protocols learned during crisis training.
  3. When first responders arrive on campus, the first responders will assume responsibility and work closely with school officials.

Families will be notified of the emergency.  All initial communication will come from the office of the superintendent once enough reliable and accurate information has been obtained.  Initial communication will be made using the following media :

  1. Phone messaging system
  2. The Buckaroo Blog

Due to the nature of some emergencies, initial communication to parents may not be available to families until after a lockdown situation is completed or the emergency has been resolved.  While we understand that this can be frustrating to families, please be assured that school district and law enforcement personnel are focused first on protecting students and resolving the emergency safely.

Additionally, no one is allowed into or out of a building which has been locked down except for law enforcement officials and first responders.  This is a measure of protection for students, school employees, and first responders.

We appreciate the support of families and community members for their patience during an emergency event.

Respectfully,

John Gross

Superintendent