We want to take this opportunity to share Forest Ridge School District 142’s commitment to keeping your children safe. The district has a plan in place at each of our schools to handle emergency situations and recently reviewed them with the Oak Forest Police and Fire departments to prepare for emergencies. Our schools regularly practice our safety procedures with students and staff through discussions and emergency exercises. While no amount of planning can guarantee that a tragedy such as this will not occur, we are doing everything we know to keep students and staff safe while at school.
With safety procedures and a crisis plan in place, we continue to encourage vigilance when it comes to securing all access doors, monitoring student release, and requiring visitor check-in at all school offices. We also will work closely with our local law enforcement regarding upcoming large events in our schools such as graduation and field days.
As you struggle with your own emotions as a parent, we know that you want to be able to address your child’s concerns. The National Association of School Psychologists offers resources to help parents address those concerns.
One tip is to maintain a normal routine. That is exactly what our schools will do tomorrow, and will continue to help students enjoy their end-of-year celebrations. Our school psychologists and social workers will be available to help students who may be in need of additional support.
If you have specific concerns about your child, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, building principal, or me.
Please take care.
Dr. Kristine Roth