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Message to the Community

February 2018

Dear TFS Family,

I write this morning to let you know about some upcoming opportunities and in response to recent concerns about school safety.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the District 215 Parent Workshop will take place at T.F. North High School from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  You should have already received an e-vite from Dr. Williams, but any last minute RSVPs can be done with this link.  The workshop will feature keynote addresses, breakout sessions, a vendor fair, raffles, and both breakfast and lunch will be provided.  T.F. North is located at 755 Pulaski Road in Calumet City and there is ample parking.  If you would like, a courtesy shuttle bus will depart from T.F. South's main entrance at 7:45 a.m. and return at the end of the workshop.

All fines and fees (books, general curriculum, technology fee, senior fee, temporary IDs, credit recovery tuition, etc.) must be paid in order for a student to purchase Prom tickets. The deadline for accounts to be paid in time for Prom is Thursday, April 19.  No extensions will be granted.  In order for a Senior to participate in graduation, all outstanding fees must be paid by Wednesday, May 9, which is the Seniors’ last day of school.  For any questions about student accounts, you may contact our Bookstore Manager, Mrs. Quinn at 708-585-2085.  If free or reduced status was not granted by the State of Illinois prior to November 30, 2017, we are unable to waive any current school year fees, nor can accrued fines and fees from previous years be waived.  Please plan accordingly to make sure your student's account is in order as soon as possible.

Finally, school safety is a concern that has been on everyone's mind in light of the recent tragedy in Florida.  District 215 is committed to making sure our schools are safe spaces for our students and staff.  Each year, we review and update our crisis response plan in conjunction with the Lansing Police Department.  Local authorities conduct regular training sessions on our campus to familiarize themselves with the building.  Our classrooms are locked during instruction time and we also conduct two hard lockdown ("Code Red") drills each year including an active shooter simulation.  The best line of defense, however, is to be proactive instead of reactive, and this is where we ask for your help and that of our students, whose eyes and ears are able to see and hear things that might exist in the social media world or otherwise beyond the purview of school officials.  If, at any time, a student has a concern about his/her safety or that of others, please make sure to contact us immediately.  "If you see something, say something" is an important phrase to remember.  Finally, if you possess firearms in your place of dwelling, please make sure they are locked safely and out of reach of children.  Thank you in advance for your efforts in helping us keep our school the safe place it has always been.

Sincerely yours,

Jake Gourley, Principal

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