Routinely, Homer Central School personnel conduct safety drills as well as cooperate with police in ensuring a safe school environment. One part of this routine is to use K-9 officers to assist in the search of school lockers.
Building administrators, assisted by K-9 officers from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office as well as other area law enforcement agencies, along with Village of Homer Police, conducted a search of the senior high school building and lockers on December 8th . Lockers were searched by Homer School administrative staff in the process. Students and their parents have been contacted if a student locker was searched.
In addition to the K-9 search, procedures for sheltering in place were reviewed and simulated during the search. These procedures are used when an event occurs making it unsafe for students or staff to be outside of the building or classrooms (severe storm, radiological release, fire at an adjacent property). When we utilize sheltering in place students, staff, and visitors remain within the building and potentially within classrooms and offices. Instruction continued during this drill, with students and staff staying in the classroom they were in, remaining out of the corridors during the search.
We appreciate the cooperation of students, staff and visitors at the senior high school during this drill. Additionally, we are fortunate to have the assistance of local law enforcement in promoting a safe school environment. Please contact Mr. Van Etten, building principal with any questions