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St. Peter Catholic School Safer School Proposed Plan

 

We have proposed a plan to the City Council of Covington to better secure our school campus. Specifically, we are requesting the ability to install gates during school hours that would eliminate pedestrian and vehicle access to students on Theard Street and a portion of 20th Avenue in front of our middle school building. As our Holy Family Center building is being completed, this would make St. Peter Catholic School a single point of entry campus for the first time in its history. It would make our school significantly safer for all our students, families and staff.

  • 7:45 am - 3:00 pm
  • Monday - Friday
  • 177 school days a year
  • Under 14.65% of the year
  • Gates would remain open on weekends/holidays and when school is closed
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Below is a message one of our parents shared with us after he sent it to his local councilperson. We feel it is appropriate to share with parents, family and friends of St. Peter that support this resolution.
 
Dear Councilperson _____________,

I am writing to you as a concerned parent, citizen, and voter of district _____. I would like to express my complete support in passing the resolution to have St. Peter Catholic School install two sets of retractable gates that would be used during school hours, in hopes to secure the campus. In today’s school environment creating a safe campus for our children is a number one priority of all schools across the nation, and Covington should be no exception. By allowing the school to install these gates it would become a single entry point campus, vastly improving the security of the school. This would only restrict traffic a total of 14% of the year, allowing traffic to flow as normal 86% of the year. It is our duty and our obligation to protect the most vulnerable in our society, our children. I am writing to you in hopes that you will be proactive in responding to this concern and not be irresponsible in allowing our children to be at risk.

 

The following is a list of Covington City Council members if you would like to share your thoughts on this proposal:

 

Cody Ludwig, District D: cludwig@covla.com
Joey Roberts, District C: jroberts@covla.com
Peter Lewis, District A: plewis@covla.com
John Botsford, District B: jbotsford@covla.com
Mark Verett, District E: mverret@covla.com
Larry Rolling, At Large: lrolling@covla.com
Diane Weiss (Interim at Large): goweiss@bellsouth.net

 

Council District Map:

 

https://www.covla.com/city_council/docs/Covington%20Council%20Districts%2011%20X%2017.pdf

 

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Letter to St. Peter Families from Principal Michael Kraus on January 22, 2020

 

Dear St. Peter Families,

I am writing to update you on an ongoing discussion between St. Peter Catholic School and the City of Covington.  As educators, your children's safety at our school is our foremost priority.  In the wake of so many tragedies around the country involving schools, we have developed a plan to be proactive in providing a safer environment for your children.  We want to prevent direct access to our school children by strangers during the school day.  As you know, we face a variety of logistical challenges with such an open campus, and we feel that this concern needs to be addressed.  We want to be proactive rather than reactive.

Therefore, Father Otis and I have proposed a plan to the City Council of Covington to better secure our school campus.  Specifically, we are requesting the ability to install gates during school hours that would eliminate pedestrian and vehicle access to students on Theard Street and a portion of 20th Avenue in front of our middle school building.  As our Holy Family Center building is being completed, this would make St. Peter Catholic School a single point of entry campus for the first time in its history.  It would make our school significantly safer for all of our students, families and staff.

At the City Council's recent meeting on January 14th, the proposal was considered, then tabled due to concerns expressed from neighbors about its implementation.  There were misunderstandings about the plan, and we agreed that an informational meeting hosted by the school would be beneficial to our neighbors and families.  We hope this meeting will ensure correct information is provided to everyone in our community.

This informational meeting will be held in our school cafeteria next Tuesday, January 28th, from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. 

Mark Verret, Councilman for District E, has graciously agreed to help facilitate this meeting.  It is our hope and prayer that through a better understanding of this proposal, it will be passed with enthusiasm and support from our families and our community.

The following is a link to the Covington City Council's contact page if you would like to share your thoughts on this proposal:  https://www.covla.com/city_council/contact_information.php

Again, your support is appreciated and encouraged at the meeting on Tuesday, January 28th.  Thank you for entrusting your children to St. Peter Catholic School. 

 

God Bless,

 

Michael Kraus

Principal

St. Peter Catholic School

 

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The St. Peter Catholic School Safer School Proposal is presented at approximately the 44 minute mark of the January 14th, 2020 City Council meeting video.
 
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Click the image below to view the presentation given by members of St. Peter Catholic School's faculty and staff at a community informational meeting held Tuesday, January 28th.