In today’s environment, it is extremely important that students have assurance that they are safe at school and during school-sponsored activities. Parents and teachers need to feel that every precaution is being exercised to ensure their safety. The school has developed procedures to help minimize opportunities for security to be compromised. However, the procedures are only effective if everyone is committed to them, even if the restrictions seem inconvenient.
Access To The School
The outside doors to the school are locked during school hours. Security cameras have been installed at the school’s entrances and are monitored from within the building. Before entering, a person must be “buzzed” in by the administrative assistant. Visitors are required to sign in at the school office. They receive a visitor’s sticker, which indicates that they are authorized to be on the premises for a specific purpose. This helps monitor who is in the building. Persons without such identification will be suspect and reported to the school office immediately. The faculty, staff, and students are instructed not to open doors to visitors. It is important that parents respect these instructions and do not try to enter the buildings from the playground or other areas without authorization. It is also important for parents to reinforce the value of safety procedures to their children, siblings, grandparents, etc., who may have occasion to be at the school. All school volunteers must be on record as having completed VIRTUS training and a clear background check.
Working in cooperation with the local fire and police departments, a crisis plan has been developed which outlines the procedures to be followed in the event that there is a natural disaster or an emergency situation at school. Should it become necessary to activate the plan, lock down or evacuate the school, or transport students to another location, school personnel and families are required to follow the directives of emergency personnel. In the event of an emergency, the school utilizes a web-based “blast” messaging system of communication, which rapidly notifies parents via home phone, cell phone, e-mail, and text messaging regarding the nature of the emergency and provides pertinent information about the safety and location of the students. Reminders can also be sent out to specific groups.