His approach makes sense without playing into the hysteria. The recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, have caused Peabody Schools Superintendent Joe Mastrocola to do what commonsense, and not hysteria, dictates.
He’s received approval from the school committee for obtaining an expert to do a safety/security assessment of Peabody’s schools.
There’s no talk here of putting armed guards at all of the doors. No one is panicking people by insisting it could happen here. No knee-jerk reactions.
Just a well-conducted assessment, and action plan to ensure that we’re doing all of the right things to protect the safety of out kids, and school department staff.
“I want to let the community know, and the school committee know, we continue always to make safety our first priority in the school district,” said Mastrocola at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting, as reported by the Peabody Patch.
Like all school systems, Peabody currently has comprehensive procedures and protocols designed to protect its students and teachers. But what this expert will help us learn is where gaps might exist, and where we can do better. It might mean replacing locks or altering some protocols, but it won’t be extreme, and it won’t turn our schools into unwelcoming, intimidating, armed fortresses.
Mastrocola says safety within the city’s schools is a “primary goal” for the district, along with teaching and learning, and I think that’s right.
It’s a commonsense approach amid national hysteria and suggestions that we should arm our teachers.
So far, so good on a number of fronts for Peabody’s new super.