As I'm sure you have heard, (good news travels quickly), our school is now part of a joint school safety effort throughout Roscommon County: Friends For Safe Schools. This effort and non-profit organization is under the auspices of the Roscommon County Sheriff's Office and the Roscommon County Community Foundation. The goal of the effort has been to increase the safety of all school children in all of the schools in the county. As a result, through the efforts of some very determined community members and safety officers, schools throughout the county (Roscommon and Houghton Lake Public, Charlton Heston Academy, Immanuel Baptist School, and OLLRCS) have installed The BOOT - a device that secures classroom doors in the event of a lockdown.
On Wednesday, December 7th, at 5pm, I encourage at least one adult family member from each of our OLLRCS families to attend an informational meeting on The BOOT and other safety measures being taken here at OLLRCS. Rob Couturier, creator of The BOOT, and founder of the Lockdown Co. and local safety officials will be there to help answer questions and give insight into the way The BOOT and other safety devices work. Representatives from the Friends For Safe Schools will also be here to discuss funding. I realize the notice is short during this busy time of the year, but we have had little control over the timing of these events. I believe it is absolutely critical for all school families to understand both the way the safety mechanisms work and how they will be funded. Christmas is near, and the information you learn at this meeting may alter your gift giving plans!
The day after the meeting, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, therefore a Vigil Mass is scheduled for 6 pm on the 7th, right after the meeting. The safety meeting will end in time for all to attend Mass (hint, hint), and I will also make myself available after Mass for additional questions regarding the safety issues of our school.
Please look ahead at your schedules this week and try to make time for this important meeting for our school. Thank you in advance!