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Verletta White

Verletta White

Monthly Message

September 2018

Dear BCPS Family,

Welcome back! It is so wonderful to visit classrooms that are once again brimming with energy from our young people, leaders, and staff. This is going to be an amazing year of learning.

We will deepen our focus on our two main priorities—literacy across the disciplines, and school climate. Disciplinary literacy means helping students learn how to read, write, think, and communicate like professionals in every subject area. Literacy is the gift of freedom and the opportunity to pursue any possibility.

Every student deserves a safe and positive school climate where they feel a sense of belonging, welcome, and value. We know that these perceptions help students learn, and we know that our schools can foster and nurture learning environments that bring out the best in our youngsters and support their academic success and well-being.

If you have not heard the news, we are beginning the school year by reorganizing to better coordinate student safety and school support in response to feedback from parents, students, staff, and the community. Our new Division of School Climate and Safety led by Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox brings together the Department of School Safety and the Office of School Climate to support the physical safety of students and their social-emotional well-being. 

Additional safety updates include the first BCPS Comprehensive Safety Plan, which addresses general operations as well as planned responses to natural disasters, extended utility outages, active shooters, and more. We are expanding the school resource officer (SRO) program to provide 9 more SROs at secondary schools and 10 SROs who will support elementary schools based on precincts. In the unlikely event of an active assailant, staff and leaders were trained this summer on the ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) protocol in order to turnkey the training to all schools and offices.

The second part of the reorganization is shifting from four community zones to three geographical school zones–east, central, and west. This allows zone leaders to serve schools within their feeder patterns and improve instructional support, coaching, supervision, academic accountability, and community responsiveness. 

In addition, this year we launch expanded access to magnet programs focused on international studies and health science, as well as our first P-TECH program at Dundalk High School, the brand new Honeygo Elementary School in the northeast area, and two schools in new buildings—Lansdowne and Victory Villa elementary schools.

Don’t miss our Magnet EXPO on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Red Lion Hotel in Timonium. Visit the BCPS Magnet Programs website for information about magnet program applications for 2019-2020.

There is so much to be excited about! Have an incredible year.

Verletta White
Interim Superintendent

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