March 20 Home Communicator – There is not a day that goes by that we, as a staff, don’t pray for the safety and security of our children. I know those same prayers are offered by all of our parents as well. In the last few weeks, we have been reminded once again of the tragedies that have happened in our society as we witnessed a horrible scene at a school in Florida.

I want you to know we take the safety of your children/our children very seriously and have long before the February 19, 2018 events happened. While I know locked doors and security cameras, along with other inconveniences at our school buildings, can be annoying to some, I so appreciate your understanding of why these procedures are in place.

As we approach the warmer months of the year, we will once again practice our drills at school. These drills, while a little scary to some children, are put in place to make children feel prepared in the event of a fire, tornado, or other emergency situation would happen.

In the aftermath of a tragic event much attention is focused on the weapon or tactics used. One of the most important things we can do, however, is be vigilant in monitoring the community surrounding us. As parents, it is so important to report suspicious behavior to our local law enforcement agencies. I also welcome phone calls if you have a concern about individuals or events that have happened. You may have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise our children.” I am so thankful that we are a part of such a caring community called Hudsonville Christian and, beyond that, the city of Hudsonville. Please know that everyone at HCS loves and cares for your children almost as much as you do, and will do everything we can to make sure your children are safe. Our prayers will continue and I am confident yours will as well.

Blessings,

Dan Pott, Superintendent