Saint James
Saint James School
Montgomery, Alabama

Strategic Plan Update One: March 2018

Strategic Plan Update: Focus on our School Safety Action Plan
 
Safety is in all things our highest priority and responsibility. For years, our school has maintained a focus on the safety of our students and everyone on our campus and within our school community. Our focus on safety remains today and will continue in the future. Our efforts to promote a healthy, safe, and supportive school environment that nurtures the developmental, learning, physical, personal, and emotional growth and well-being of our students are comprehensive and continually in progress—and are carried out with thoughtful research and reflection and with great care. 
 
Dear Saint James Family,
 
In August of 2016, we launched our current five-year Strategic Plan for 2016-2021. Over the last year and a half we have made great progress on several strategic initiatives and action items connected to our Five Strategic Plan Goals:

Strategic Goal 1: Create A Lasting Impact Through Community Engagement

Strategic Goal 2: Articulate the Extraordinary Value of Our School Community 

Strategic Goal 3: Expand and Strengthen Well-Rounded Learning Experiences in Our Academic, Extracurricular & Enrichment Programs (includes School Safety Action Plan)

Strategic Goal 4: Ensure the Enduring Excellence of Our Faculty and Staff and Advance the Development of Our Campus (includes Visionary Teaching & Learning Action Plan)

Strategic Goal 5: Optimize Enrollment Management to Expand Our School Community and Ensure Operational Success for the Future

This is the first of several Strategic Plan updates for the 2017-2018 school year that I will share with our Saint James family. Over the next several weeks, I will continue updating our school community on the progress we have been making on strategic goals and initiatives. This message is focused on our School Safety Action Plan, which is part of Strategic Goal 3. The Strategic Goal 3 Team is led by Susan Atkins, Academic Dean; Joann Reifenberg, Learning Specialist; and Andrea Harris, Elementary School Principal. I want to thank Susan, Joann, and Andrea for their leadership for strategic initiatives that are part of Strategic Goal 3. Additionally, I want to thank Susan Atkins for spearheading the School Safety Action Plan since it was first developed, and also I want to thank Andrea Harris who has taken on the role of leading the School Safety Committee.

Safety is in all things our highest priority and responsibility. For years, our school has maintained a focus on the safety of our students and everyone on our campus and within our school community. Our focus on safety remains today and will continue in the future. Our school leaders, faculty, and staff work together to fulfill our mission of supporting our students and helping each child fulfill his or her potential by actively examining school safety needs for students, faculty, and staff on a continual basis. We are grateful for the trust that our families place in us when choosing Saint James as your school home. We believe that with the trust we are given that we are responsible daily to do everything we can to create and sustain a safe and secure community so that our students will learn, grow, and flourish. Maintaining a safe school campus is the foundation for creating optimal learning experiences for our students.

During the 2017-2018 school year we have accomplished the following School Safety Action Plan items: 

  • Saint James faculty and staff received CPR/AED training, basic first aid instruction, and training for using fire extinguishers.
  • The School Safety Committee was formed with members who represent school faculty, staff, and leaders as well as trustees, parents, students, and law enforcement officials. 
  • The School Safety Audit process and checklist was created and a School Safety Audit was conducted.
  • School Crisis Response Teams, which are comprised of faculty and staff throughout campus who will be trained to respond to an emergency, have been established.
  • The official campus map was redesigned to include 911 campus building numbers, and new 911 number signs have been placed on all campus facilities. 
  • Mark Barrett, Montgomery County EMA Training and Exercise Coordinator, visited campus and surveyed facilities to advise school leaders on tornado safety plans for all campus buildings.
  • Chris Wingard, retired Chief of Staff for Montgomery Police Department, met with school leaders to offer advice for plans of potential school safety action items. 
  • Saint James faculty and staff received training led by Dr. Dale Wisely on child and adolescent psychological and emotional well-being. 

 Currently, school leaders, faculty, and staff are working on the following School Safety priorities: 

  • Continue refining our comprehensive school safety plan
  • Complete training for our School Crisis Response Teams and purchase crisis bags and supplies for the teams
  • Finalize the plan for improving communication between campus buildings with an upgraded and modernized system
  • Evaluate and finalize plans for security cameras and security personnel on campus
  • Consider safety measures in facilities planning and changes including for the plans for the new School Commons 

Our efforts to promote a healthy, safe, and supportive school environment that nurtures the developmental, learning, physical, personal, and emotional growth and well-being of our students are comprehensive and continually in progress—and are carried out with thoughtful research and reflection and with great care.

We are Saint James School!

Dr. Larry McLemore
Head of School

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