Dear Elmwood Families/Staff:
Student and staff safety is a top priority. With recent school shooting incidents in Oshkosh and Waukesha, it seems like the school shootings that have become a national epidemic are creeping closer to home. We want everyone in our district to know that safety at school is an enormous responsibility. This is why we practice our hold and lockdown drills so students are familiar with these safety protocols. Reports this week from both school districts credited their incident outcomes to the important practice of lockdown drills. The drill that we carried out last week in conjunction with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department went well yet reinforced the need for us to continually work to improve our safety plans and procedures.
When threats are made against the safety of students and staff, they are taken very seriously. We encourage all parents/guardians to speak with your children about the serious nature of threats, whether verbal or written. We ask that you reinforce with your children the importance of saying something to an adult if they hear and/or see something that could be a potential threat. If we know about it, we can investigate it and determine an action plan. All reported threats are investigated by administrators in our building. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department will collaborate as needed. When staff, students, and parents work together, we can keep Elmwood school very safe.
Mental health is another important factor when there is violence at school. Ms. Haugle has taught all students in grades 5-12 about mental health, suicide prevention, coping skills, and each student created a self care plan. In addition, our district, in conjunction with Spring Valley and Plum City, has created two new mental health opportunities for students as a result of a two year grant received from the state. Carly Ohman, our new Mental Health Coordinator, can connect students with mental health resources in and out of school. Ms. Ohman is coordinating with Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin, in order for us to offer school based mental health services as well. Morgan Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Western Wisconsin Health, who is now available to meet with students while at school. She is able to offer mental health counseling to students at Elmwood one day a week, which is a great asset to families. Please contact Ms. Haugle for more information.
School administrators have recently updated our school safety plan and have communicated it to staff. In addition, our teachers and students have had discussions regarding our recent lockdown drill and overall general safety plan. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s principal by contacting the school office.
Dr. Glenn Webb
Mr. Tom Sauve
Middle/High School Principal
Ms. Paula Haugle
K-12 School Counselor