The safety and security of our students is our number one priority. On Nov. 5, Election Day, Dublin City Schools will not be in session in order to provide our staff with student safety training. Please mark your calendars accordingly. This will mark the third consecutive year the District has taken a day off school to provide safety training as we also took a day off school last year to bring in a special speaker and deliver student safety training to staff.
We are blessed to have a great relationship with first responders in our community that include the Dublin Police Department, the Washington Township Fire Department and the Concord Township Fire Department. 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 of our most recent safety improvements 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 7 School Resource Officers assigned to our schools. Cameras are installed on every school bus in the district, teachers have been trained in safety procedures and emergency response, and continual audits take place at every school building to improve safety. Some examples include increased lighting, adding security cameras to certain areas, improved landscaping to increase visibility and an emphasis on adult awareness of the physical surroundings. Staff are also given permission and encouraged 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 have also increased student mental health personnel this school year, adding two social workers, three guidance counselors and one substance abuse counselor. This spring, we will again be partnering with Hilliard Schools for our Be Well event, focusing on student mental health.
We continue to ask students, staff, parents, and community members, if you see something, say something. Information can be reported anonymously online at www.dublinschools.net or by calling 1-866-LISTEN-2-ME 365 days per year, 24 hours per day.
On the web page below, we have some additional information regarding safety terminology and communication.
Todd F. Hoadley, Ph.D. Superintendent