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By Jacque Ritchie

Lydia Rippey Lock-Down


September 7, 2018

Lydia Rippey Takes School Safety Seriously.

By Jacque Ritchie, TALON

At approximately 12:35 on Monday August 20, Lydia Rippey Elementary Principal Dana Stanley chose to implement shelter-in-place safety procedure as a result of a domestic disturbance in the area. "Our kids were never in danger," Stanley stressed to TALON on Tuesday that the lock-down was purely a precautionary measure. According to an August 20, letter to the families, APD School Resource Officer John Welch became aware of an alleged domestic disturbance near the campus and alerted Stanley, who immediately implemented shelter-in-place protocols; "This means that learning continues on as normal but all outside entrances to the school are locked. Teachers also keep their doors locked and shut."

Stanley explained that school officials have been and will continue to work in concert with Aztec Police Department to ensure the safety of both students and staff. Stanley also went on to commend Lydia Rippey students and staff for "acting quickly during this situation." Stanley wanted to ensure parents that the staff will continue to work to identify what worked well during the lock-down and, "more importantly we are identifying areas of improvement." Finally, Stanley expressed confidence in the coming school year, "Lydia Rippey is a safe school with caring staff members. Our primary responsibility is keeping our kids safe, so that learning can take place.


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