|Dear Parents and Friends,
Please know that we take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the students and staff in our schools. Each Commack school has emergency plans that encompass any urgent situation that may arise. Each building principal heads an emergency response team and has developed a course of action for every contingency. A permanent Internal Security Review Committee meets regularly to review District safety and emergency procedures. Night and roving patrols are also assigned in and around our schools.
Practice makes perfect, and every school conducts practice drills. Sheltering drills, fire drills, bus drills, and go-home-early drills are necessary so that everyone will know what to do should a real situation occur. Our principals, teachers, and staff are trained to conduct these practice events in a calm and reassuring manner.
We are committed to protecting the safety of the children in our care. It is important to talk with our children about safety issues, and review personal safety practices with them. Please consider using the safety tips here as a conversation starter.
In order to be fully prepared in the event we need to contact you, we need your help. It is very important that your child’s school office receive current contact numbers (home, work, cell phones) in case of an early dismissal or emergency situation. You can update that information very easily by filling out the Student Change of Data Form. As always, up-to-the-minute information will be posted on the Commack School District website www.commackschools.org if an emergency arises, as well as notification through both our Email Notification System, and parent calling/texting/email system (Parent Portal). Please make it a priority to update your contact information.
In planning for your home security needs in the event of an emergency, we have a wonderful resource available to you on our website, a printable guide: Commack's Emergency Planning Brochure. In addition, Commack Middle School has been designated as a shelter by the Red Cross in the event of an emergency.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's emotional health, please feel free to contact your school's psychologists, social workers, or counselors. We have a dedicated team of professionals ready and willing to assist you. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or school nurse should you have questions about our emergency preparedness.
Donald James, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools