Written by Monica Rose Gleberman
This Wednesday, the Miller Place School District is hosting a meeting for parents to help them stay ahead of the curve when it comes to childhood safety and drug prevention.
County Executive Steve Bellone, Legislator Sarah Anker, Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner Edward Webber, and members of the school district will be on hand to answer questions, give out safety tips, and tell parents what they can do to remain vigilant.
District Superintendent Marianne Higuera invited residents to the event in an email. “The purpose of the meeting is for residents to come and learn more about these programs and to raise their concerns regarding these issues,” said Higuera.
In a phone interview with Anker, she said the point is to make the districts as safe as possible. “We want to hear from the community how they feel they current feeling on school safety and also to get ideas. We have already begun implementing the idea of a safe hotline,” said Anker.
Anker said the idea behind the hotline is simple. School districts interested in signing up for the hotline fill out an application and pay a minimal fee to install the emergency phone. “If there is an active school emergency, the district can pick up the phone and within eight seconds, the 911 operating center, will be made aware of which school it is,” said Anker.
By having this information within seconds, the district might be able to shutdown a more series threat, like an active shooter. So far, Miller Place, Mount Sinai, Hauppauge and Longwood districts have completed their applications for the safety hotline.To learn specifics about safety and drug prevention, attend the forum meeting tomorrow at the Miller Place high school auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.