Parent Update - June 19th, 2020
The St. Peter Safer School Proposal will be on the July 7th agenda for the Covington City Council beginning at 6:00pm.
We encourage all parents who support this important safety proposal to contact the Covington City Council and urge them to no longer delay a vote and to express your support for the Covington City Council to vote YES to St. Peter Catholic Church and School. Any further postponements would put us into the 2020-2021 school year. The updated proposal has been added to this website for your reference.
Thank you for supporting St. Peter Catholic Church and School. We will email more specifics about the meeting as they are confirmed, and we look forward to seeing you on July 7th at 6:00pm.
St. Peter Catholic School Administration
Safer School Proposal
St. Peter Catholic Church and School
The protection of children is the greatest of all responsibilities we have as adults. Whether as parents, teachers, public servants, clergy, or neighbors, we believe there exists an obligation to care for children by providing for their well-being and safety. Furthermore, it is in our school’s and community’s best interest to keep our children safe, not only from a moral standpoint but from a practical standpoint. Safe and strong schools are an essential part of Covington’s rich history and bright future.
We have had to invest more time, training, and resources into intense safety procedures at our school due to an increase in shootings and tragedies across school campuses in recent years. We can no longer compare operations to 5, 10, or 20 years ago. While many school campuses were not designed to meet current best practices, we cannot use that as a reason to ignore obvious concerns in school safety. We owe it to our families and community to be proactive, rather than reactive. We must put effective measures into place to prevent tragedies rather than react to them.
We believe our city leaders understand the great responsibility of keeping our children safe. We have hope that those in leadership would always have the safety and protection of children as their top priority. We sincerely appreciate the City Council taking the time to deliberate our school’s proposal for the addition of pedestrian and street gates for child safety and protection.
The bottom line is this: our campus is vulnerable because of existing gaps in our campus perimeter. Visitors have access to staff and students in multiple areas. Proposed solutions regarding how to best keep our children safe may differ, but we believe that at the end of the day, all of us share the common goals of ensuring safety and personal freedom for others, all within reason. It is our hope that by protecting the children entrusted to our care, in the best manner possible, our actions will show everyone that Covington cares for its children and places their safety above all else. With this in mind we propose to the City Council the following:
Current Safety Procedures at St. Peter:
In conclusion, we acknowledge this has been a contentious proposal that has been the focus of many formal and informal discussions in our community. There is no question that this proposal would significantly increase the safety of all staff and students at our school, located in the heart of Covington. While we certainly appreciate other perspectives, we believe that all of us share a sacred responsibility - the safety and protection of our children. Our children deserve the safest environment we can provide. Giving them anything less would be detrimental to our community and the families within it. We want to thank the City Council for its consideration of the proposed safety ordinances at the July council meeting.
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: email@example.com
Joey Roberts, District C: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Lewis, District A: email@example.com
John Botsford, District B: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Verett, District E: email@example.com
Larry Rolling, At Large: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Weiss (Interim at Large): email@example.com
Below is a list of all city council member addresses that can be copy and pasted for email purposes:
Council District Map:
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.
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.
St. Peter Catholic School