The safety of our students is our top priority, both in our schools and online.
Working hand-in-hand with our local first responders we have developed protocols for a variety of safety and security events, which are reviewed annually. Our staff complete annual training, and we conduct multiple drills throughout the year. In partnership with our local law enforcement, we have four dedicated police officers in our schools through the School Resource Officer program. Each summer, we review security infrastructure at each school. For the safety and security of our staff and students, and per the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, it is not advised to release the detailed plans and protocols.
Standard Response Protocol
As you may hear from your student, our schools conduct drills regularly under the Standard Response Protocol to ensure that staff and students are well-versed in emergency procedures. We use the same response language across all emergency types:
Lockdown: Threat or hazard inside the school building
Evacuate: Move students and staff from one location to another
Shelter: Personal protection is necessary (i.e., tornado, hazmat, etc.)
Secure: Threat or hazard outside of the school building
Hold: When the hallways need to kept clear of occupants and staff
We utilize simple directions for students and teachers, and work during drills to establish the roles and responsibilities during emergency or crisis situations.
In an Emergency
When an SRP is activated due to an emergency that impacts your students' school, we will inform you via a text or voice message. You will not be notified in the case of a drill or a false alarm. Please ensure that you are registered to receive alerts inInfinite Campus.
We will provide as much information as we can in the message, but we encourage you to check our homepage for the most up-to-date information. We understand that in these situations you may receive information directly from your student. In order to ensure the dissemination of accurate information, we ask that you only share or repost official information provided by us or other official agencies (police, fire, or other governmental agency).
Emergency situations are highly controlled. Police and school officials will work together and coordinate efforts that follow predetermined and practiced procedures. For many parents, your first instinct will be to come to the school to check on your child or take them home. You should only attempt to arrive at the school (or at a reunification site) after you have received communication that the alert has been canceled or, in the event of reunification, when you have been notified of where and when to pick up your student(s).
We expect that when an emergency arises, school and district phone lines will be overwhelmed and we will be unable to answer every call. A single alert will be applied to schools located on the same campus. If one school goes into secure status, the other will go into secure status, as well.
Circumstances may occur at the school that require parents to pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release. The process of controlled release is called a reunification and may or may not be at your students' school. Parents will be informed via a text or voice message. Students will only be released to parents / guardians or to individuals previously identified as a student’s emergency contact. In the case of a reunification, parents / guardians are asked to bring identification to the check-in area for verficiation prior to the release of a student. Learn More
Staying safe online is an important concern for our students, parents, and staff. Internet safety is not just limited to online predators; some of the other concepts that come to mind include:
To help keep students and staff safe, we utilize a state-of-the-art web filter solution to secure our network from external content that is obscene or pornographic. However, technology cannot solve the problem on its own; we believe that online safety is a partnership that must happen between the schools and parents. We encourage families to educate students about their responsibilities and establish expectations on technology use.