October 12, 2012
Dear Graham Park Parents/Guardians:
In keeping with our ongoing commitment to communicate effectively with our school
community, I am writing to advise you of actions taken this afternoon to ensure the safety of
students and staff during police activity in the area.
At police request, and in keeping with Prince William County Public Schools emergency-
preparedness guidelines, we implemented secure-the-building protocols around 12:15 p.m.,
bringing all students indoors and securing the building from unauthorized entry. The actions
came following a report of police pursuit of a suspect nearby. This was strictly a precaution and
the educational process continued as usual. At approximately1:25 p.m. we received the all-clear
from PWC Police and normal operations resumed. At no time were any students or staff in any
Thanks to the professionalism of staff and the cooperation of students, we experienced virtually
no disruption of our instructional activities. The handling of the situation is a further illustration
that the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. Your ongoing
support is crucial to the continued success of students and staff at Graham Park Middle School.