I’m writing to you today to let you know of Wellesley High School’s plan for our Active Shooter training. We will be holding this on Tuesday, May 22nd. The schedule for the day is attached below.
The plan will be for us to watch a training film by class in the auditorium except for the remaining seniors in the building who will watch the video in their advisory. WPD will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the principles for staying safe in case of an active shooter situation, following the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training guidelines. We will talk about what we saw in the film both in the auditorium and in advisories and the choices they have in this type of emergency. We will then practice an active shooter situation. This mock scenario will give staff and students the experience of how to make decisions under these circumstances. We will also talk to students about where to go to keep themselves safe after the event is over. Our plan for the future is to train our students annually.
We understand this training drill could be upsetting and difficult for some of your children to manage without support. Please reach out to your guidance counselor or house office to share your concerns so they will be able to check in with your child.
I’m thankful for all of your feedback during the planning process as well. I took ideas back from my discussion at the principal coffees in both March and May. The May meetings feedback to my showing of the first cut of the video was extremely valuable. I also want to thank the members of my school council who previewed a later cut with me on May 4th. This letter may bring up more questions for some of you and to that end I am holding two showings of the film for parents. Those showings for parents will take place on:
Thursday May 17th at 3 pm in the Faculty Dining Room
Monday May 21st at 9:30 am in the auditorium
I also want to encourage you to feel free to please reach out to us and/or the Wellesley Police Department.
There is no more important work we do than to think about the best way to keep our kids safe. I can’t tell you how appreciative we’ve been to have student, parent, staff, and community partners in our effort to do this work.
Tuesday, May 22nd (Day 7)
7:30 – 8:30 Block 1
8:35 – 9:35 Block 2 Blue
FRESHMEN: Report directly to the Auditorium; Assembly 8:35 – 8:55
Class 9:00 – 9:35
SOPHOMORES: Class 8:35 – 9:10
Assembly 9:15 – 9:35
9:40 – 10:40 Block 3 Yellow
JUNIORS: Report directly to the Auditorium; Assembly 9:40 – 10:00
10:05 – 10:15 Advisory – Teacher conversations with ALL students (including seniors – watch 5 minute video)
ALICE drill 10:15 – 10:35
Return to Advisory for post conversations
10:45 – 12:20 Block 4 Green
1st lunch 10:45 – 11:15
2nd lunch 11:18 – 11:45
3rd lunch 11:50 – 12:20
12:25 – 1:25 Block 5 Tan
1:30 – 2:30 Block 6 Purple
Thanks and Film Credits
The video’s creation was a joint effort between students in our drama department, our television and video classes, student volunteers, Wellesley Media, and the Wellesley Police Department. The entire production was overseen on the artistic side by our drama teacher Stephen Wrobleski. The technical film work was done by Wellesley Media in conjunction with our TV/Video department. The film editing was done under the direction of our TV/Video teacher Julie Spilka. The training content of the piece was supervised by Deputy Chief Scott Whitemore, Lt. Jeff Renzella, Sgt. Brian Spencer, and School Resource Officer Evan Rosenberg. The staff, the high school crisis team, Dr. Lussier, and parents all gave us valuable feedback towards the improvement of the video.