Dear Saxon Community,
Our hearts break for the family, friends, students and community impacted by the recent tragedy in Florida. The wounds of all those in our country who have suffered such violent acts in the past have opened once again; we are a nation in mourning. All of us are seeking answers to school violence and finding new ways to protect our students. Hastings Area School System works hard to provide safeguards for our students and staff. We are very grateful to the community for passing the 2015 bond that has allowed us to install several improvements and provide additional security in our schools.
Our architects presented us with school security research as we started designing our new Middle School addition. A critical feature has been the addition of our secure entrances. Visitors are channeled through a secured, single point of entry. New windows have provided office staff with a clear visual of anyone entering or exiting the schools. In addition to increased visibility, the entrances are equipped with an intercom and a camera to enable communication between secretaries and visitors prior to allowing visitors access to the building.
Our secure entrances are a beginning, but only a one step in the measures we are taking to better protect our students. We also added lockdown “boots” throughout each building. As we complete newly remodeled areas, we will assess our buildings again for additional lockdown boots. Along with the boots, we added easy-to-see room numbers to support first responders. We are also adding more cameras at the secondary level, and our fire alarm system has been completely replaced and upgraded.
Throughout the year students and staff participate in a variety of drills to ensure we are prepared in the event of an emergency. The Hastings Area School System partners with the Hastings Police Department for drills and security. Please know that we continue to work hard in our efforts to keep our buildings safe and secure for the students of Hastings.
On March 8, 2018, Hastings Area Schools will hold a community forum to gather input on making our schools more safe and secure. Several needs have been determined by the Board of Education Property and Finance Committees. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 pm at the Hastings Middle School. To begin, community members will be invited to view areas of the new Middle School addition and then provide input for next steps in making our district more safe and secure for all.
Carrie P. Duits, Ph.D.
Hastings Partners with Barry Career Access Network
BCAN!, which is part of the Michigan College Access Network system, is more than a college access network for young people in Barry County, it is an effort to help people find their passion and success in careers that are high in skill, demand, and reward.
New Donation Opportunities Announced
Hastings Area School System receives many donations from generous community members near and far. Our District Accountability Committee (DAC) recommended an easier process through our website. Check out this new homepage for information on the existing Hastings Educational Enrichment Foundation (HEEF) as well as the newly established direct giving program.
Facility Requests now submitted online!
Hastings Area School District is now taking facility requests online through our CommunityUse calendar and request system. You can enroll online and enter requests for after-hours facility usage by following the simple steps outlined in these 2 documents.
Substitute Teachers & Bus Drivers Needed!
Hastings Area Schools are in need of both substitute teachers and bus drivers! If you are interested in substitute teaching, please visit www.edustaff.org for application materials. Training for bus drivers is provided. Drivers should contact Sandy Mikolajczyk (email@example.com) for more information. Phone: (269) 948-4418 Ext 6171