School Safety Message

Dear Quincy School District Staff,

In the aftermath of the most recent shooting at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, I am still struggling to find words that describe my feelings about the tragedy. I have gone through a range of emotions from disbelief to sorrow, rage and quiet introspection. As someone who has spent his whole life in the service of helping students, I find myself in a state of disbelief that we are unable as a society to ensure that our youth are safe in public places such as movie theaters, malls and schools.

These are difficult times that challenge us to know how to support students and families when events like the Florida shooting happen. I have included two resources to help you talk to your students about Trauma. I attached a one-page document that provides guidance for you to have conversations about trauma. The second resource is a more elaborate resource for classroom teachers and counselors. Click Here for a resource from the NY Times for teachers and counselors to help plan conversations about the shooting in Florida.

Even though there is no way to guarantee that every student is 100% safe all the time, I can assure you that the Quincy School district continues to do everything possible to make school a safe and healthy place. The Quincy School District partners with the Quincy Police to staff a full-time armed school resource officer whose job is to be in schools every day. In addition, we are adding more security cameras and providing single point entrances in which guests have to be buzzed in. Our school and district administrators recently engaged in full day active shooter exercise that trained school leaders in how to help students and staff in the event of an active shooter situation. In August, a team of six Quincy School District leaders, along with our new police chief and assistant fire chief, will attend a national training to review and update our district’s safety plan. We will continue to engage in activities that help us respond to emergencies in the most effective and efficient ways.

The Quincy School District is also working to support students to be physically and emotionally healthy. As mental health issues increase in society, we are ramping up how we support our students and families. Every Quincy School has at least one certificated counselor to help our student’s manage socially and emotionally. Two years ago, we hired a social worker to help families who live in the most extreme circumstances connect with local resources to improve the lives of their kids. The Quincy School District is a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) district. Not only does this behavior management philosophy encourage positive behavior, it also creates a culture of student support. Through our Whole Child (social-emotional) Initiative, we continue exploring innovative ways to collaborate with the community to support the well-being of our students.

I want to end with a quote from a Facebook post from Jon Lake, the gentleman who disarmed the Moses Lake School shooter in 1996.

“Be a friend to the homeless, the sick and the elderly. Reach out to young people who need mentors, teachers and the confidants helping to make the world a better place. Every day we need to make a difference. Thank a teacher, offer to help them, shake the hand of a first responder, and pray for our military , local and national leaders. School violence can happen anywhere. Love and caring about each other can happen everywhere. Don’t wait until it is too late. Make a difference every day with everyone you meet. We must replace evil with good.”

Thank you loving and caring for our students during this very difficult time!

Responding to Tragic Events

John L. Boyd
Superintendent
Quincy School District #144

 
QSD Construction projects next steps 

I have been getting a lot of questions from staff about the next steps with the QSD construction projects now that the bond has passed so I thought I would send an all staff email to let folks know what’s next.

The first step in our process is to hire an architectural firm and we are screening and interviewing next week for that.  Tom Harris has put together a team of district staff, parents, teachers and students to be part of the hiring team.  After we hire and architect, they can begin helping to determine more specific timelines and schedules for the projects.   Then, we can begin pulling together teams at each school to plan the projects.  At the March 22nd QSD School Board Meeting we are holding a work session on bond financing to outline the process of issuing bonds to finance the projects.  Sometime in April we will begin the process for hiring a project management firm to manage the projects on site.   

The following schedules are preliminary and tentative (for rough approximation only):

  • George Elementary Classrooms/Gym:

Design Work:  March 2016 to October 2016
Bidding:  November 2016
Construction:  January 2016 to September 2017 
Move-in:  September 2017

  • Gyms at Mountain View and Pioneer:

Design Work:  March 2016 to September 2016
Bidding:  October 2016
Construction:  November 2016 to September 2017
Move-in:  September 2017

  • Modernization/Renovation of Existing Junior High into a K-5 elementary school:

Design Work:  March 2016 to May 2017
Bidding:  June/July 2017 (cannot bid until $10M in state funding is allocated)
Construction:  July 2017 to December 2018
Move-in:  Students remain on-site throughout during phased construction.

  • Conversion of the existing High School to a Middle School:

Design Work:  January 2018 to March 2018 and January 2019 to March 2019
Bidding:  In various packages targeted for summers of 2018 and 2019
Construction:  Summers of 2018 and 2019
Move-in:  Fall of 2019

  • New High School:

Design Work:  March 2016 to November 2017
Bidding:  December/January 2017/18
Construction:  February 2018 to September 2019
Move-in:  Fall of 2019

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about our next steps for building and remodeling schools in Quincy!  

John L. Boyd

Superintendent
Quincy School District
(509) 787-4571
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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."                           —John Quincy Adams

 
 
 
 
ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016
RESIDENTS OF THE QUINCY SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE ON A BOND
TO BUILD AND REMODEL SCHOOLS TO EXPAND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS.
 
BOND OVERVIEW AND BACKGROUND

THE BOND is based on input from a Facility Committee that included PARENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, BUSINESS LEADERS & SCHOOL EMPLOYEES.
 
The $108 million bond includes 5 projects THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE STUDENT GROWTH, REMOVE PORTABLE CLASSROOMS AND MODERNIZE SECONDARY CLASSROOMS FOR PRESENT DAY LEARNING.
 
THE PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR $10 million dollars in matching FUNDS FROM THE STATE.
BOND PROJECT LIST

-- COMPLETELY REMODEL AND PRESERVE THE CURRENT JR. HIGH FOR USE AS A K-5 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
-- ADD 8 NEW CLASSROOMS, GYMNASIUM, LOBBY, BATHROOMS AND PARKING TO GEORGE ELEMENTARY
-- ADD NEW GYMNASIUMS TO MOUNTAIN VIEW AND PIONEER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR PE AND COMMUNITY USE
-- RENOVATE CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL AND TRANSFORM FOR USE AS A 6-8 GRADE MIDDLE SCHOOL
-- BUILD A NEW MODERN HIGH SCHOOL TO ACCOMMODATE CURRENT STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND FUTURE GROWTH
FOR ALL SCHOOLS: IMPROVE SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE (BOILERS, ROOFS, HVAC CONTROLS, SAFETY AND SECURITY)


For more information please review the PDF documents below.
 

Quincy Weather

 Quincy School District

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Quincy, WA 98848

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509-787-4571
Fax number:
509-787-4336

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