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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, we continue to be conscientious and deliberate about improving and enhancing our support systems for safety, security, health, and wellness for all of our Rivendell schools. Each year we review our safety and security plans, we access our automated communication system to communicate quickly when necessary, and we implement safety drills. Also, every day we promote a respectful and safe school community through our work with students.

This year we are pleased to inform you of an additional safety and security measure we have taken. Like many schools, both in the local area as well as throughout the country, we have installed a locked door system for the primary doors at each of our schools. Following the entrance of students in the morning, these doors will be locked at 8:30 a.m. If you should need to enter the building after that time, you will need to request entrance through a simple "buzz in" system. You may be asked to identify yourself and to share the reason for entering. The doors will remain locked until approximately 2:45 p.m. and then will be opened for dismissal. We do not expect this to be difficult but do realize it is a change, thus, we want you to be informed.

Although we want to maintain a welcoming, friendly, school environment, especially for our parents, we need to be diligent about minimizing the risk regarding safety and security. Thank you for your support of this new procedure.

 

Sincerely,
Brenda L. Needham
Superintendent

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Public Forum:

From the Statehouse to the Classroom: Understanding the Common Core and High-Stakes Testing.

Please join us to a semi-structured discussion In the Academy Café on October 16th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Click here to download Keri Gelenians letter to parents. 

Academy Parent Portal

Thank you for your patience while the parent/student portal was having technical issues. It is now up and ready to go. As always, if you are having any problems with the portal, including login issues, contact Bridget Peters by phone at 603-353-4321 or by email.

Buzz-in System

Beginning on Monday, September 8th, we will start using our new buzzer system. At 8:30 all of the doors to the building will be locked and students, parents and visitors will have to ring the office to request entrance to the building. The front doors will be unlocked at 2:45 for dismissal.