Communication at Southern Hancock Schools


This year, we have focused on increasing communication with families in an effort to foster the partnership we have with the community and to build on the trust we have with our parents to be transparent and share pertinent information as it directly relates to them.

Sharing information doesn’t mean that everyone district-wide will receive every communication. When situations arise that are building-specific and only impact families in that particular building, we will direct our communication to the affected families. When there is an event that affects students and families district-wide, there will be a district-wide notification.

Today, there was a situation that affected New Palestine High School. After reviewing the details of the event, we determined that in order to stop rumors with our high school families before they started, we would be transparent and share that there was a situation in the afternoon that required attention. We chose to share first-hand with high school families so there was reassurance that student safety was never at any point compromised.

In this particular instance, the goal with our communication was to help parents understand that anytime an idle threat is made, there are serious consequences. Even if kids are simply being irresponsible in conversation, the consequences are the same. We will not tolerate such behavior and swift action will be taken.

At no time today was student safety ever compromised. The events of today did not affect families district-wide. It was a building-specific event and we made a conscious decision to direct the communication to our high school families. Safety is our top priority at Southern Hancock Schools. Anytime there is a concern regarding student safety, please let district officials know immediately.

We received some calls this afternoon seeking more information and curious as to why only high school parents were notified. When we launched the blog, we promised to address concerns as they came to us and answer questions to the best of our ability, thus tonight’s blog post. You can rely on us that when you ask, we will deliver. It doesn’t mean the message will change, but we will always explain the reason behind our choice of action.

We appreciate the questions so that we can answer them first-hand for you. Thank you for entrusting us with your child. We value the partnership with all of our families.