Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: Information from Assistant Superintendent Winslow


March 4, 2015 
The administration of the Franklin Public Schools learned Monday that an unauthorized individual was admitted to one of our schools. It was initially thought the individual was a visitor or volunteer and the person was admitted to the school and directed to sign in. When the individual did not sign in and access a visitor badge he was almost immediately intercepted by three school staff and was escorted out of the building.  At no time did this individual make a threat, create a disturbance or have any contact with students and he left willingly without incident. The other schools in the district were immediately notified, but as there was no threat at any school, a lock down was not initiated.  The Franklin Police were notified and are continuing to investigate. A parent meeting was held at the impacted school led by school administration and the Franklin Police Department on Tuesday evening to debrief the incident. 
As a result of this incident, all school principals were immediately directed to initiate a review of safety protocols with staff with respect to all individuals seeking to access schools. Additionally, principals will discuss school safety at the next Parent Communication Council meeting at their schools.  Parents are encouraged to attend. 
We take the safety of students and staff seriously.  When our internal investigation and the police investigation are completed, we plan to debrief with police to implement any recommendations in moving forward. We are committed to our continued collaboration with the Franklin Police Department and all the administrators to review safety protocols and procedures. 

Parmenter Elementary School
Parmenter Elementary School

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