Safety and Security
The safety and security of our students is our number one priority.
We are blessed to have a great relationship with all of the first responders that serve our community. We work closely with them in formulating the safety plan we must submit to the state each year.
We believe in continuous improvement to keep our students safe. Some safety upgrades include installing shatter resistant glass material at all of our schools and increasing additional video surveillance equipment, the installation of cameras on our buses and more, and the development of School Threat Assessment Teams. We currently have 8 School Resource Officers assigned to our schools and have recently added Safety Coordinators to add additional layers of security in our elementary schools.
Cameras are installed on every school bus in the district, teachers have been trained in safety procedures and emergency response, and continual safety audits take place at every school building to improve safety. Additional items include increased lighting, improved landscaping to increase visibility and an emphasis on adult awareness of the physical surroundings. Staff are also expected to question those who are near our schools without obvious purpose. We have learned that an alert, aware and prudent staff and community is the most effective method of keeping our students safe.
We continue to focus on student mental health supports, continually adding additional staffing as needed. In addition to school counselors and school psychologists, buildings also have Student Support Specialists on hand to immediately intervene should a crisis occur.
We continue to ask students, staff, parents, and community members, if you see something, say something. Information can be reported anonymously online or by calling 1-866-LISTEN-2-ME 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. The link to this service is also available via our District app.