Safety and security enhancements part of Issue 5
The safety and security of our students and staff is our number one priority.
Over the past 18 months, we have been working hard to enhance and improve safety and security throughout our District.
On Nov. 6, Election Day, Dublin City Schools will not be in session in order to provide our staff with safety training. This will mark the second consecutive year the District has excused students for the day to provide safety training.
Later this month, we will begin the process of installing shatter resistant film at all of our schools and increasing video surveillance equipment. This school year, we have established new building entrance protocols at each school’s buzzer entry system and have created threat assessment teams at every building. We have also increased student mental health personnel this school year, adding two social workers, three guidance counselors and one substance abuse counselor. We have eight social workers on our staff providing mental health support for students for as long as they need.
If the November 6 ballot issue is approved by voters, we intend on doing even more. Below are some planned safety and security enhancements.
Three new schools will be added over the next three years and consequently we have requested two additional School Resource Officers in partnership with the City of Dublin Police Department.
A digital check in system for school visitors.
A door alarm system that alerts staff when an exterior door has been left open.
Increased video camera presence in our schools.
“There is nothing more important than ensuring our students have a safe learning environment,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley. “Additional security measures at all of our schools and increased student mental health services are our high priorities for the District.”
As student mental health is a high priority, we will be adding mental health services and professionals if the ballot issue is successful. The District is committed to providing services that meet the needs of the whole child, which includes instruction and intervention in the area of mental health and wellness. Our services are based on the individual needs of each student. They range from practices which promote healthy social and emotional development for all students (targeted curriculums to address suicide prevention, substance use, and mental health awareness) to direct services provided by counselors and master level social workers.
Early detection, identification and response to student mental health concerns is paramount. We have embedded in the curriculum several measures that aid us in identifying students who may need additional services. These are carefully structured through student surveys, staff training on how to have critical conversations with students and get them the help they need, processes for student intervention and ongoing activities which raise student and parent awareness.
This year we have added three Guidance Counselors, two Social Workers and one Substance Use Counselor. In the past three years our mental health and substance use providers has more than doubled.
Community support is paramount in our efforts. Through funds provided by an ADAMH Board grant, the District partners with Syntero Counseling Services to provide services in the school environment focused on prevention and intervention. The District has also partnered with the Greater Dublin Realty Association which has donated a considerable amount of dollars to our suicide prevention and awareness programs.