Community Feedback through Thoughtexchange
During 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.
The initial results of this exchange can be viewed here. Another round of data will be made available after Winter Break.
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 about 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.
In order 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 are locked once the school day begins, and parents and other visitors are asked to come to the front door to be “buzzed in.” All visitors are required to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge, which they must wear during their entire visit to the school, and sign out when they leave.
Security cameras are located at the front doors, as well as at other locations both inside and outside of all district buildings.
For the safety of our students and staff, and in accordance with 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 threat, 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
In order 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 in to 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.