Security increased on campus after threat at Brewer High School

Brewer High School

The White Settlement ISD increased security at Brewer High School this week after  “an unsubstantiated, written threat that has caused concern among school officials.” The district activated the Alert Now phone system informing parents that their child would be bringing home a letter regarding safety procedures at Brewer High School on Tuesday June 1.

According to a school spokesperson, there were no incidences at the school on Tuesday and the school’s TAKS Celebration went smoothly.

The letter that the parents received from the school district reads as follows;

Dear Parents/Guardian:

Brewer High School and White Settlement ISD administrators are currently investigating an unsubstantiated, written threat that has caused concern among school officials.

To continue to ensure the safety of our student’, the district is taking additional proactive measures such as consulting with law enforcement personnel and increasing the presence of law enforcement and school personnel beginning Tuesday, June 1, the date of our schoolwide TAKS Celebration.

White Settlement ISD gives the highest regard to all safety concerns in our schools. The safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority.

Our schools participate in a variety of programs that help us to foster positive relationships among our students and staff as well as among students and their peers.

Staff members are being reminded to be diligent in being aware of their environment and to report any suspicious activity.

Students are also encouraged to utilize the Crime Stoppers program and speak with school administrators regarding concerns.

Other steps taken this year to enhance safety in WSISD:

* A team conducted safety audits at every school/department.

* A parent survey is currently available on the WSISD website, http://www.wsisd.com, to gather input regarding school safety and to help in our decision to implement programs and initiatives next year.

* Secondary students are currently completing a Safe and Drug Free Schools Student survey.

* The district implemented a Drug and Alcohol Task Force and is reviewing programs for implementation beginning with 2010-2011 that will address drug and alcohol use and prevention among all students.

* The School Health Advisory Counsel (SHAC) will consider additional programs that address peer abuse (bullying) and cyber-abuse (bullying/threats via texting, Facebook, MySpace).

We appreciate your support in our efforts to keep our children and staff safe and to provide them with a quality education.

Sincerely,

Lorimer Arendse

Principal

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