Safety in the Jewish School in South Florida
Is a Jewish school in Miami considered safe?
Security staff is here to protect all students, staff, Rabbeim, teachers, therapists, coaches, parents and the many visitors on campus. While they may help to direct traffic, they are not ‘traffic cops. ’ Their control of deliveries, vendors, traffic flow, etc, is really a function of their being able to know who is on campus, and who should not be.
For example, if you are new to campus and security is not yet familiar with you, allow them to perform their standard security check. Answer their questions. If they request to look in your vehicle, let them. This is both for campus safety as well as your own safety. If you are sending someone in your place for a carpool dropoff or pickup, make sure you have informed the appropriate division office. A person unknown to security (visiting grandparent, a nanny, a friend, aunt, uncle, cousin, etc. ) who is making a pickup of a child puts security in the position of assuming that the pickup may be unwarranted, as unlikely as that might be, and the student would not be released until it could be verified with a parent.
When parents are responsive to instructions from security personnel, they are helping to keep the campus safe.
Follow official administration communications
Paying attention to any official notifications sent your way, especially during a fast-moving or potentially security-related situation, helps the Jewish school administration immensely by enabling them to direct accurate and timely information to the intended recipients.
It’s hardly news to say that social media has the power to spread information with a speed the world has never seen. It also has the power to distort, exaggerate, misinterpret, and cause panic with that same speed.
Please do not partake in the spreading of rumors on social media. If you have any questions, ask the school! Do not send your security concerns to a group chat. We have seen recently, through an abundance of communications from very well-meaning and concerned parents, the degree to which confusion or exaggeration can quickly take hold. The only messages you should be sharing are the official notifications from the Jewish school. By doing this you will be helping those around you (literally and digitally speaking) to tune in to the correct messages, thereby fostering a safer environment for all.