|Mabel Padgett's Closed Campus Procedures
Mabel Padgett Elementary is known as an open and friendly campus where parents are always welcome. We truly value you and want you to continue to feel welcomed when you come to eat lunch or volunteer in your child’s classroom.
However, due to recent tragedies in schools around the nation, we have reviewed some of our safety procedures and with teacher, parent, and PTO input, decided to make some changes. Mabel Padgett will be implementing a Closed Campus procedure so that we can more easily identify adults on our campus and their reasons for being here. Having a closed campus increases the safety and security of your child by minimizing the amount of people on campus.
Our campus will be closed before and after school from 7:10-3:40. (it is already closed during school hours). Students will continue to enter campus through one of the 3 gates; the front entry gate by the office/kindergarten playground, the fire lane gate at parent drop off on Falcon Drive, and the bus lane gate near the playground. Adults will not be allowed to enter through the gates, they must check in at the front office.
To keep all children safe, only students are allowed beyond the gates before school, during school or after school. This means no one is allowed to stand in line or wait in front of the classrooms prior to school or to be on the playground area before, during, or after school.
Visitors may sign in and eat breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria with their student at a designated parent table and only with their own child(ren). The playground and teacher classrooms are off limits to visitors in the morning and during recess. This is for the safety of all students.
Anyone on campus during this time who has not properly checked in through the office will be asked to report back to the office to check in. A visitor sticker must be visible.
Receive Updates: Another safety measure we have in place is our school-wide text/email notification. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to sign-up to receive important information from me via text message. To receive messages by text, text the number (917) 746-3561 with the message @mpep. To receive messages by email from the school, register under MPE parent email sign up on the Mabel webpage, under quick links.
The reason for this change is to ascertain that the people who are on campus are authorized to be here, and to reduce the possibility that a stranger could slip onto the school grounds without notice. Some of you are probably wondering if something happened to initiate this change and the answer is no, we are strictly being proactive in keeping our students safe. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this important modification of our school security plan and I realize that it is a big change. We will continue to have conversations about keeping our children safe, and your ideas and suggestions are always appreciated.
Parents are welcome to join students for lunch by signing in at the front office, showing identification, getting a visitor’s sticker, and proceeding to a parent table in the cafeteria to eat lunch with their child only. After lunch parents need to exit campus through the office. Due to our closed campus policy parents will not be on the playground during recess.