As the parent of three children, I know first-hand what it is like to send a child off to the unknown. Sure, my two older ones now are at BVP, so I get to drop in on them on occasion. But my youngest goes to a local pre-k.
Some days when I drop my baby off, she runs to her friends and barely says goodbye. Sometimes, however, when I drop her off, she clings to my leg and cries "Daddy, I want to stay with you!" I am at once devastated and a little touched. I'm sad that she’s upset for whatever reason, usually it’s because I forgot to pack her blankie or something... but, honestly, isn't it awesome when another human being squeezes you super hard and refuses to let go?!
On a day like today, when my phone is abuzz with parents and staff reaching out regarding the news reports (here and here), I think about the nearly 1,200 scholars whose parents put their trust in BVP. Indeed, every morning parents are trusting their most prized possessions to our team... and I feel the weight of that responsibility.
Fortunately, I also know that everyone is working incredibly hard to ensure our scholars are safe. I have confidence in our team at BVP, I have confidence in our local and state public safety officials, and ultimately, I have confidence in our collective capacity as a community to come together and support one another. As a parent of two BVP scholars, I sleep well at night knowing that we have an amazing team that is implementing best practices. Like every school in Rhode Island, we plan for various emergencies, including lock-down drills, evacuation drills, and fire drills. Moreover, we regularly check-in with public safety officials to review our plans.
As we move forward, if there is anything substantial regarding safety to report, I will share it with the BVP community. In the meantime, today, like everyday, our team is focused on supporting every scholar on their path to college - and safety is our utmost concern.