Update from DCMS

Danville Community Middle School is safe for your students.

Principally Speaking - January 4, 2016

Dear Parents,

It was great to see the students again today. From the student perspective, life at DCMS appeared to be a typical day. The teachers were able to hear all kinds of wonderful stories of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It was refreshing to dive back into the world of serving our students again.

I know many of you are interested in an update regarding recent threats made on social media. It is understandable that parents feel uneasy about sending their kids to school in situations such as these. Based on communication with law enforcement, we continue to believe that the threats made to the schools are of little credibility. However, we are in a position where we have to take all threats seriously act and therefore, we will continue to maintain high security protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Today DCMS had security dogs sweep the building prior to student arrival, and we had police officers on site at the start of school, throughout the day, and at dismissal. We executed consistent perimeter checks, kept the students inside for recess and physical education, and kept all doors to the outside locked at all times. As well, to maintain security, safe movement and maximize instructional space within the classrooms, we continue to ask students to keep all book bags, winter coats, and purses stored in student lockers. Should your student be cold while at school, it is suggested that a sweatshirt, sweater, light jacket, or layers be worn rather than keeping his or her winter coat on all day.

Parents may continue to enter our school, but please be aware that you will be expected to press the front buzzer, share your name and the name of your child. We ask that you make your face viewable to the camera at the buzzer. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we hope that you understand our position.

If/when we receive any new information our school and/or the district will send updated information.


Marsha Webster


Danville Community Middle School