Wichita Public Schools hold debriefing for parents after Black Elementary lockout
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Many parents in Wichita were left confused and nervous Wednesday, after a mental health incident in a nearby home put Black Elementary School on lockout.
"So we were pulling up around 3:15," said mother Miranda Dover. "And saw the cops had it all blocked off. So I called the school to find out what happened."
Dover, mother to a first and fifth grader at the school had to then drive to the nearby Hadley Middle School to pick up her kids.
She said that she would have liked better communication from the district as the incident was going on.
Safety Director Terri Moses anticipated speaking about communication issues at a debriefing with parents Thursday.
"Balancing the need for speedy and accurate communication is always very difficult," Moses said. "Yesterday, we were dealing with another agency, the Wichita Police Department, we were putting together plans, but our plans actually changed. They are very, very dynamic."
However, Stacie Tush, a mother to a second grader, said that she thinks the district made the right decision in getting their messaging straightened out before sending anything.
Tush attended Thursday's debriefing.
"I don't want a message that says, hey, we're do this," Tush said. "Just kidding, we're going to do this. Just kidding. We've had to change our plan. Again, we're going to do this. So they waited until they knew exactly what they were going to do. And then that's when they told everybody."
Moses said that she's grateful for the coordination between the district, and the Wichita Police Department and is happy to hear parents thoughts on the situation.
"We're very appreciative if they take the time to come and give us the feedback. The only way we get better at handling these situations is to take a critical look at what we did when the situation occurred," Moses explained.