School Safety

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Safety Drills

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As one of our district’s certified safety specialists, I act as a resource for the school corporation on issues related to school discipline, safety, security, and bullying prevention.  At the building level, I am in charge of planning and implementing our school safety plan.  As part of our plan, we regularly practice emergency drills.  In addition, we have a building safety team that meets regularly to discuss safety issues specific to the high school.  Please understand that we cannot share specific information about our safety plan to the public.  Plans are shared with corporation and building employees, as well as local emergency responders. 

 
  
Many of our faculty and staff at SHS have students in our corporation and all of us have family members and loved ones that we care about.  With that in mind, please know that we will do everything in our power to keep our students safe.

 
  
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about school safety. 
  
Frequently Asked Questions 
  
Why don’t you want parents coming to the school during an emergency?

Extra vehicles block access for first responders.  Anything that distracts the school and/or emergency personnel from dealing with the actual emergency makes it more difficult to keep students safe.

 
  
Should students try to contact parents in an emergency?

Not until given permission do so.  Students will be allowed to make contact when appropriate.  Cell phone and land lines must be kept open for emergency personnel.

 
  

What should I do if I hear specific information about someone threatening to commit a violent act at school?

Immediately call 911 and then contact the school administration.

 
 
What should I do if I hear rumors or information about a non-violent safety issue at the school?

Contact a teacher, counselor, or school administrator. 

 
  

How does the school know what to do in an emergency? 

In any emergency, we follow our safety plan.  Our staff has received training and has access to the safety plan.  Drills are conducted at least monthly.  

 
  

What is the protocol for contacting parents in an emergency?

While communication with parents is vital, our first concern is always student safety.  When it is appropriate and safe to do so, we will notify parents through our School Messenger, e-mail, and/or social media. 

 
 

What is a Lockdown?

SHS utilizes two different types of lockdowns:

 
A Preventative Lockdown is a means to rapidly enhance the level of security in the facility.  By locking all exterior doors and main interior doors, staff can make it more difficult for an intruder in the building or a dangerous person in the vicinity of the facility to gain access to staff and students.  This type of lockdown does, however, allow staff and students to continue with productive activities in a limited fashion. 
 
 
AEmergency Lockdown is a response to an actual emergency situation.  This type of lockdown is used to dramatically and rapidly enhance the level of security in the facility.  By locking all exterior doors, staff can make it more difficult for dangerous person(s) in the vicinity of the facility to gain access to staff and students.  This type of lockdown further requires that all staff and students seek as much physical safety from physical assault as possible by using barriers to sight as well as physical barriers. 
 

What emergency drills are conducted throughout the school year?

Fire drills – Once per month

Tornado Drills – One in the Fall and One in the Spring

Earthquake Drills – One in the Fall

Lockdown/Disaster Drill – One in the Fall and One in the Spring


How does the school deal with bullying?

Disagreements and conflict are part of growing up, and unfortunately, will continue throughout life.  Most of what occurs at school falls into this category and is normal behavior for young adults.  Teaching students how to deal with such challenges appropriately is extremely important.  No matter how hard we try, there will always be conflict in our lives – how we choose to deal with it is up to us.  However, when things go beyond this level, it becomes bullying.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program defines bullying as “aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time.”  As you can see, bullying is intentional, involves an imbalance of power, and is repeated.  When bullying occurs, the school will take appropriate action to stop it.  Please communicate with the school when there are concerns with bullying, and by all means, please maintain contact if the issue is not resolved.  If we do not know about it, we cannot stop it.

 
What are some resources about school safety and other issues related to safety of students?

Indiana School Safety Laws

Indiana Department of Education School Crisis Recovery Page

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Talking with Kids about News