In November 2018, we asked the parents and staff at each of our schools to respond to the question: “What concerns do you have regarding safety and security in our schools?” More than 700 participants responded, offering concerns and feedback and supporting others’ ideas. The purpose of this exchange was to let us know what topics and information will be the most helpful and of the most interest as we communicate on this important topic either in person or in print in the coming semester.
Safety & Security Overview
A safe and secure environment is vital to the success of our schools. Parents and children should enter our properties and facilities with the confidence that every possible measure has been taken to ensure their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Below you will find information about some of the most frequently asked security and safety measures in place within our schools.
In addition, the following statement has been prepared in response to increased concerns regarding school safety in the wake of violence in schools such as occurred in Santa Fe, Texas, on May 18, 2018, and Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018.
To keep our students and staff safe throughout the day, safety protocols have been established for visitors to our buildings. The doors to our schools will be locked once the school day has begun. Parents and other visitors are asked to come to the front door and be “buzzed in.” Security cameras are located at the building doors and other locations throughout the buildings.
The Ladue School District considers the safety of our students and staff a top priority. The Raptor, a new visitor management system, will ensure that individuals visiting and interacting on our campuses are properly identified and signed in. The new Raptor Visitor Management System has replaced the old pen and paper visitor sign-in sheets.
Anyone visiting must present valid photo identification to the office staff. Accepted forms of identification include:
Any state-issued driver's license or identification card
Military ID (active duty or retired)
Permanent resident card
Once a visitor/contractor scans their identification card, Raptor instantly checks the name against registered sex offender registries nationwide. Once the visitor/contractor has been cleared and entry is approved, the Raptor system prints a visitor badge containing the name, photo, and destination. Individuals will not be required to complete this process if they simply drop off an item in the office.
We strive to provide a welcoming and warm environment while maintaining a culture of safety and security.
In January of 2017, the state legislature changed bullying laws and enhanced the definition. In response to these new laws, the Ladue School District updated its bullying policy (policy JFCF) and adopted a districtwide anti-bullying program called Olweus (pronounced Ol-VAY-us).
The Olweus Program is a comprehensive approach that includes schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school-age children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries and in thousands of schools in the United States. Olweus will help us facilitate common language, enhance training and will reinforce Ladue School District's expectations of no bullying on any of our campuses or in our schools.
For the safety of our students and staff, and per district policy EBC (Emergency Drills), drills are regularly conducted throughout the school year in each of the district’s school buildings for fire, tornado, bus emergency, earthquake, bomb threats, and armed intruder.
Emergency Dismissal Procedures
If an emergency requires our schools to close early, this information will be communicated to parents through the district’s electronic voice messaging system. In addition, this information will be provided to the local media and posted on the district website, Facebook and Twitter.
Delayed Dismissal Procedures
To keep students safe, district schools will not release students from school during a tornado warning or if the school is in lockdown. Buses will not run until the warning or lockdown is lifted. In case of a tornado warning, parents may take their children home before normal dismissal time but are required to come into the office and sign their children out of school. In the case of a lockdown, no one (other than emergency response team members) will be allowed to exit or enter the building.
Please Note: A tornado watch indicates that conditions are likely to produce a tornado. A tornado warning means there is immediate danger, and everyone in the path of the storm is advised to take cover immediately.
S.A.F.E. Schools Hotline
Residents, staff members, parents, and students can help keep our schools safe by reporting any suspicious activity to the S.A.F.E. Schools Hotline at 314-889-SAFE (7233). The hotline is anonymous and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.