Dear Parents, Staff, and Friends,
Today at 9:03am, we conducted a shelter-in-place to practice and check security measures; and to conduct a K-9 search of David Prouty High School for drugs. The shelter-in-place lasted for one class period. Four dogs and their police officer handlers from the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council entered the building at 9:16 a.m. and exited at 9:55 a.m. The Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District, the local Police Department, and Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council worked cooperatively to plan and conduct the exercise based on the Memorandum of Understanding currently in effect. This is the first K-9 search at David Prouty High School since 2010.
Due to detailed planning by all involved, the shelter-in-place and search was completed with minimal interruption to the student day. Students remained in their classes during the shelter-in-place while police officer/dog teams patrolled the halls. The dogs sniffed all lockers in the halls and locker rooms. At no time did students interact with the dogs and their handlers. No drugs were found during the search. However, intelligence was gathered; and the shelter-in-place and test of security measures were executed with precision by staff and students of David Prouty High School.
As you are aware from our district’s student handbook, dog searches may be conducted at any time during the school year, as requested by the Superintendent. Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to work to provide a safe learning environment for our students and a safe work environment for our staff.
Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools