Principal sends letter to parents about needle on NH school's playground after complaints
ROCHESTER — An elementary school principal waited more than 24 hours to send a notice to parents that students had been kept inside for recess because a hypodermic needle had been found on the playground.
Police responded to School Street School on Monday around 10:30 a.m. to remove the needle, which had been found along with a spoon in a bandana near a fence.
The discovery prompted the school to cancel recess but originally no notification as to why had been sent to parents. On Tuesday, some parents complained they had not been told.
The school district does have a policy that states they will notify parents if there is an incident at schools that puts children in danger, but Superintendent Michael Hopkins said at the time the school did not think the discovery of drug paraphernalia rose to that level.
"I don't think it registered with them that they needed to send a letter," Hopkins said. "They sent the letter on Tuesday because it registered with them that they needed to do so after some parents complained."
Hopkins said the type of parent notification can vary for different incidences. Sometimes parents are told of a danger right away, other times, it can be in the form of a letter, email or phone call sent after hours.
In this case, Principal Jennifer Hersom sent a letter home on Tuesday with students.
In the letter Hersom said students and staff were not in danger at any time but that the school chose to keep the students inside.