Parent Letter – 9/18/14

 

This message was sent to all families with an active email address in our emergency “all call” email system Wednesday, 9/17 at approximately 1:15 pm.  We are resending this message this morning to ensure all families and community members are aware of this incident.

 

September 17, 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In Wyoming City Schools, the safety and security of our students is our utmost concern. Today we are informing you about an incident that took place yesterday afternoon. This morning at 7:43 a.m. we were informed by the City of Wyoming Police Department that an unknown man attempted physical contact with a 7th grade student yesterday at 3:15 p.m. on the boulevard between Wentworth and Wilmuth Avenues. The student was unharmed and police were contacted at 3:40 p.m. yesterday. According to Wyoming Police, six officers looked for the gentleman for several hours, but were not able to make an arrest. Police are working with the student to obtain a sketch of the male suspect and will continue their efforts today and in the coming days.

We encourage you to talk with your children tonight at home about safety measures on their walks to and from school. Administrators and teachers in all of our buildings will reiterate safety tips tomorrow morning.

We are privileged to live in a school district where families can walk and bike to school without usual concern and we certainly want that privilege to continue. To guide your family conversation, we are including some safety tips from the Wyoming Police Department, along with a couple of helpful resource links from external organizations below. You will notice increased police presence in the area in the coming days and we are continuing to work with city officials and our staff to ensure the safety of all students.

If you have specific questions regarding this incident, please contact the Wyoming Police Department. We appreciate your continued support in this matter.

Regards,

Susanna Max

Director of Public Relations

 

Safety Tips While Walking In Public

 Whenever possible, walk with a group or another person. There is strength in numbers.

 Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t just walk with your head in the ground or in the sky. Pay attention to the things and people around you.

 Try not to be distracted. Listening to headphones (i-Pods) or texting on your phone can cause you to not be aware of what’s going on around you.

 Trust your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, get out. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation then get out. Do whatever you need to do. Run, scream, yell, and call for help.

 

External Resources for Reference

http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC91.pdf – Going to and from school safely

http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC28.pdf – Knowing my rules for safety

 

 

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