Superintendent's Message

The Hawk Way…

Dear Families,

We've had a great start to the 2018-19 school year.  Thank you for your active engagement in your child's education.  Please note that if you have any questions, concerns and/or need information about your child's education and time at school, please first contact your child's teacher(s), followed by the building administrator if your questions/concerns are not answered or addressed.  As we live in an rapidly changing and media-filled society, know that your child's safety is always our number one concern.  As we start the school year, teachers and support staff have been meeting with classrooms to talk with your children about safety.  In order to further these discussions at home, we've shared some information and handouts with you to support these efforts.  The information and materials below and attached come from  KIDSMARTZ, a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and is sponsored by Honeywell, Hometown Solutions.  You can access more information online at 
www.kidsmartz.org.  You'll also be receiving information from our school social workers regarding the Second Step Curriculum, which is being implemented in conjunction with our Social Emotional Learning goals for the year.  Please continue to talk with your children about safety and reinforce the materials and information that you'll be receiving from your child's school.  Thank you for your attention to this message and remember, "When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child's best resource!"

Have a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend.

With Hawk Pride…

Dr. Kerry L. Cox, Superintendent

Tips for Parents. Going Out Checklist.pdf 

Tips for Parents. Preventing Abduction.pdf 

Tips for Parents. Safety Scenarios.pdf 

Tips for Parents. Setting Physical Boundaries.pdf 

Child Abduction

Of all the questions that cross parents’ minds when they hear about child abductions, the most common question may be how can I stop this from happening to my child?

Some parents try to protect their kids by teaching them about “stranger danger”– but most child abductions involve a relative or someone the child knows.

Teaching our children to avoid strangers is not enough!

Parents should learn when and where children may be at risk of abduction. They should also teach kids about these situations and what to do if they occur. This helps prepare children to act even if the risk of abduction is from someone they know.

When family members abduct

Family abductions occur when relatives break legal custody agreements by keeping kids from their legal guardians. Family abductions usually involve parents taking their children. An abduction may be more likely to occur if a parent has:

  • Threatened to abduct or previously abducted the child
  • No strong ties to the child's home state, but ties to friends and family living in another state/country
  • Engaged in planning activities (e.g., selling a home, securing records)
  • A history of marital issues
  • A history of domestic violence or child abuse

Learn more about the warning signs of family abductions and what you can do to protect your kids. Remember, these warning signs don’t mean an abduction will happen. Also, abductions can occur without any of these warning signs appearing.

What you should know about attempted abductions

Parents should learn when and where kids are most vulnerable in order to better protect them. In an analysis of attempted abductions, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® found that many:

  • Involved a suspect driving a vehicle
  • Occurred between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Occurred when the child was traveling to or away from school
  • Involved girls and children between the ages of 10 and 14

Teach children to take action

NCMEC’s review revealed one extremely important fact: 83% of children who escaped their would-be abductors did something proactive. They walked/ran away, yelled, kicked, or pulled away. This means the best thing a child can do if someone tries to abduct them is take action instead of being passive or polite.

Use this information to set up a safety plan for your kids – and don’t forget to include teens in these conversations! You can:

  • Point out places they can go for help when walking places like school and the park.
  • Remind them to travel and stay with a group.
  • Warn them about accepting rides or changing plans without your permission.
  • Teach them the tricks would-be abductors use, such as offering money or asking for help.
  • Encourage them to tell a trusted adult whenever anything or anyone makes them uncomfortable.

When it comes to keeping your child safe, YOU are your child’s best resource! 

"Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children."

Walt Disney, Filmmaker and Businessman Illinois native, 1901-1966

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