The following is a letter that Principal Nicole McCrae sent to IDEA families on the evening of May 8, 2018.
May 8, 2018
Good evening IDEA Families,
I want to provide an update to you regarding today’s incident. Approximately 30 minutes after dismissal, one of our students was shot near the school. Thankfully, our student is currently in recovery at the hospital, supported by his family. As a school community, we are committed to ensuring our scholars’ safety and want to share ways in which IDEA is enhancing our arrival and dismissal processes.
Starting tomorrow, we will open our school doors as early as 7:30 am to receive scholars. In addition, the IDEA shuttle bus will begin picking up students from the Deanwood, Minnesota Ave. & Benning Road metro stops for morning arrival. Pick up will start at 7:30 am until 9:00 am. This is also a reminder of the continued afternoon shuttle to metro stops that scholars are encouraged to use daily.
Tomorrow, in a school wide assembly, we will discuss the importance of ensuring prompt and timely safe passage home. We will remind students to talk to staff if they have any safety concerns traveling to and from school. Our clinical counselors and clinicians from the Department of Behavioral Health will be on site to help students process their emotions regarding today’s incident.
Thank you again families for your support this afternoon and your continued thoughts and prayers for our students and school community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me directly, (443) 889-6570 or our Head of School, Justin Rydstrom (202) 281-0001.