Our Children’s Safety in Public Spaces

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16.09.2017 Communication from Delhi Public School Tapi

Dear Parent / Authorised Guardian

Increasing media reports on the dangers to our children lurking in public spaces have horrified you as parents and us, teachers and administrative staff at school.

This is no time for complacency so I will not list the security measures already in place for your child’s safety at school. Nor will I make statements assuring your child’s safety at school.

What I declare instead, is the fact that the management and staff at school are earnestly and painstakingly reviewing our safety measures for your children – re-checking and enhancing these to secure our infrastructure, transport, teaching-admin-ancillary staff, Internet use and overall system procedures. We are also guiding and counseling and training all students to be alert, aware, report, escape and fight back according to the situation.

At the same time, we are also trying to ensure that the quality of enrichment in school life does not suffer from undue restrictions. There will be no compromise in the quality of our curriculum.

Even before the recent media publicity, our school was aware of potential threats and we have always followed rules strictly for the welfare and safety of students. We expect your continued cooperation in helping us to follow these rules on the bus, at the main gate, during PTMs and special events on and off campus.

I request you to please remain observant as parents and report any carelessness, rule-breaking or safety lapse whenever you may notice any, immediately to school. You should also counsel your children on safety measures when you send them alone anywhere into public spaces. Please avoid sending your ward for tuitions, screen friends and neighbours and always monitor Internet usage.

Above all, I urge that you choose alertness over fear. Fear paralyses thinking, whereas Alert indicates ‘ready for action’. Let us use our strong existing School-Home Learning Partnership to keep our children safe in all public spaces.

Dr. Sanjukta Sivakumar


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