Superintendent Tells Summit Parents To Stay Home

SUMMIT – Parents will no longer be able to make unannounced visits to Summit public schools, according to a letter outlining changes to the district’s security policy sent out last week by superintendent Dr. Nathan Parker.

“In today’s world, we, unfortunately, can never be too cautious in our efforts to protect the students and staff of Summit’s Public Schools,” Parker wrote. “It is for that reason that we have examined many policies and procedures that have become part of our day-to-day culture in Summit.”

According to the letter, as many as 400 people visited Summit High School each day, including many parents dropping off forgotten lunches, musical instruments, athletic equipment and homework. The middle and elementary schools received a proportionate number of unannounced visits. The district wants to decrease the number of people coming in and out of the school buildings to enhance student safety.

Beginning in September, the district will issue IOUs to students who forget their lunch so they can purchase a school-cooked lunch. Parents must make appointments to see teachers and administrators. Parents who need to pick up their children during the school day must submit a note the day before, or call the main office first.

According to Parker, “Not only will eliminating these visits help to keep the schools safer by lessening the number of individuals gaining access to the buildings, but it also will help engrain responsibility into the students and transfer the ownership to them. By forgetting lunch, homework or athletic gear once and not having it brought to them, students will learn accountability.”

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