Letter to our Families

December 18, 2012 10:19 by Andy

Dear Families,

Along with all of you, our hearts are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.  We join you in sending love, compassion, prayers and hope to the families whose lives have been forever changed.  And, like you, we share so much gratitude for the safety of our children.  We have all hugged our families a little more over the past few days. 

There is nothing more important than their safety, and it is a responsibility that we take very seriously.  For all of the safety policies and procedures that we have in place, we focus on both Prevention and Response. 

Our first task is to do all we can to prevent such a situation from occurring.  All of our entrances are staffed at all times, and every person who visits O2B Kids must check in at the front desk.  Only authorized parents, caregivers or students are allowed to enter, and daily attendance is recorded.  All of our locations have video surveillance, and that video feed is recorded.  Our facilities are deliberately designed with open spaces, windows and doors so we can see what’s going on, and communicate from one room to the next.  In addition, all of our staff has undergone basic safety training as part of their initial orientation, and as part of their on-going training. 

In addition to preventing problems, we do all we can to be prepared to respond to a concern if the need should arise.  All O2B Kids locations have an Emergency Response Plan in place which includes procedures for a lockdown.  Along with regular fire drills and tornado drills, we practice lockdown drills so that teachers and students know what to do.  We are again reviewing all of our safety and security measures with staff to ensure that we are as safe as we can be.

We are also grateful for your help.   If there is ever a question or concern, please bring it to a supervisor’s attention immediately.   All of the O2B Kids family – students, teachers, parents and caregivers – play an important role, and keeping eyes and ears open helps ensure any potential issue is addressed. 

We have an ambitious long-term goal as well.  Every day we are helping children feel loved, confident, happy, courageous, and secure.  We are helping them feel good in their own skin.  We are hopeful that these youngsters will grow into responsible, respectful future citizens of our world.  That's what we are trying to do to make the world a better place, a more peaceful place.  This responsibility is humbling, and profoundly important. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.  I can be reached at the O2B Kids Business Office, 352-338-9660 x 20 or via email at andy@o2bkids.com.  Also, there are many resources available to help you talk with your children about the scary stories that they may be seeing on the news.  We have posted links to some of these resources on our website. 

We are proud to serve you, and so grateful that you have partnered with us.  We wish you and your family a safe and peaceful holiday season. 

Sincerely, 

Andy Sherrard