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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 3/23/18

dr. jared rashford

Our campus remains very active with student and faculty activities picking up where they left off before spring break. All seven of our spring athletic programs in the high school are in full swing, with most teams beginning their competitive seasons this week. Several student groups and classes participated in a variety of field trips this week, and our Mock Trial team will compete in its state tournament over the course of the weekend. We wish them, and all of our competitive teams, much success.

I wanted to provide a brief update on the ongoing work of the school in regard to campus safety and security. As Father Gregory communicated following the February tragedy in Parkland, Florida, the safety of all persons on our campus is our highest priority. In an effort to do our best to maintain a safe campus environment, the Safety and Security Committee meets multiple times a year to review our policies and procedures. Recent upgrades to our facilities include a card access system for both the Junior School and the High School, several additional video cameras at strategic locations, an updated Campus Emergency Procedures manual, and a new campus-wide public address system. Each year, we continue to conduct fire, tornado and active shooter/intruder drills to remind our students and faculty of the various procedures in place to respond to any number of emergency situations.

Perhaps one of the most significant elements of our safety program involves our close relationship with the Creve Coeur Police Department. CCPD officers are at Priory most days each week and have familiarized themselves with both the campus and our emergency procedures. At a recent meeting with the Safety and Security Committee, an official from the CCPD discussed its guidelines for handling an active shooter situation. The school adjusted its procedure to align with those guidelines before conducting an intruder drill prior to spring break. During non-school hours, CCPD also continues to use our campus to conduct its own officer training with regard to responding to an active shooter situation, which provides the department with additional experience in navigating our buildings and grounds. 

While we hope and pray we will never have to face a situation like those that have happened too often on other school campuses, it is important that each of us does our part to ensure that we remain as safe and secure as possible. Students must carry their identification badges with them at all times and use them to enter the buildings. Parents and visitors to campus should continue to sign in at the appropriate front desk. Everyone should notify the administration or authorities if they get word of or witness a situation that they perceive may pose a threat to our campus community. 

As Lent draws to a close and we prepare for the Holy Triduum which ushers in the Easter season, I pray that each of us is able to enter fully into the great mysteries of our Christian faith and open our hearts to a renewed love of Christ and one another. 

In Christ,

Dr. Jared M. Rashford
Assistant Headmaster

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 4

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Prologue, 21

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Prologue, 47

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