Updated Fall 2018
SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY
The safety of our schools is a priority that the Spring Grove Area School District (SGASD) takes very seriously. SGASD takes multiple steps to uphold its mission of providing a safe learning environment for our students, and some of these steps are listed below:
INTEGRATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
- For ten years, SGASD has subcontracted with Northern York County Regional Police Department to have a School Resource Officer (SRO) whose responsibility is the safety of our students and staff. The SRO’s visibility within our school buildings helps build relationships and therefore fosters open communication.
- In addition to the SRO, it is common practice for Northern York County Regional and Southwestern Regional Police Departments to perform daily walk-throughs of each school building.
- The District has video surveillance in each school building and on school campuses. (Increased number of video cameras summer of 2018)
- All doors and entrances are locked throughout the day. Each building has a designated single point of entry during school hours.
- Visitors must be cleared prior to entry. The District uses a double-buzz entry system that allows for increased visibility of visitors and an extra level of security prior to granting visitors entry to the building. (Implemented summer of 2018)
- All visitors are registered with the main office of the school building.
STUDENT AWARENESS AND PREPAREDNESS
- A local tip line has been established through the Northern York County Regional Police Department. The tip line phone number is 717-467-8355.
- Tip line posters are visible in every school building encouraging students to say something if they see something. (Implemented spring of 2018)
- Students having any concerns or information involving potential threats upon individuals and/or property are strongly encouraged to contact school officials or local law enforcement immediately.
- The School Resource Officer leads safety and anti-bullying classroom instruction.
- The Aevidum Club at the High School works to create a school climate where students feel accepted, appreciated, acknowledged, and cared for. The club sees the importance of starting and continuing conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.
- Grades K - 6 have implemented Project TEAM, a school-wide program that addresses student social-emotional health, character building, and anti-bullying.
MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
- The District provides mental health assistance to students and families with a wide range of service providers.
- On-site mental and behavioral health staff are employed by SGASD that includes three school psychologists, a social worker, and school counselors in every school.
- The District annually participates in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey to assess student perceptions of safety and risky behavior within school and the community.
- SGASD schools have several programs implemented to provide students with a safe and supportive learning environment including the Student Assistance Program (SAP) and peer mentoring initiatives.
- SGASD has a strong and ongoing partnership with both Northern York County Regional and Southwestern Regional Police
- SGASD participates in the York County Safety Council and the Safe School Association of York County.
- The District works together with TrueNorth Wellness Services to provide school-based therapy on-site.
- The District has a partnership with River Rock Academy, a provider of customized alternative education services for students.
- Safety drills are practiced by all students and staff.
- SGASD collaborated with York County Emergency Management, police departments, and first responders to conduct a Critical Incident Response Exercise to evaluate the District’s emergency management plan.
- The District continuously reviews and evaluates its safety plans with professionals from York County Emergency Management and both police departments.
- SGASD adheres to the safety criteria outlined in the Pennsylvania Act 44 of 2018, including the designation of a Security and Safety Coordinator. (Implemented summer of 2018)
SAFETY AND SECURITY ASSESSMENTS AND ONGOING EVALUATIONS
- SGASD coordinated with Northern York County Regional Police Department to complete safety and security assessments at each school building. (Implemented summer of 2018)
- The SGASD School Safety and Security Council, made up of district and community stakeholders, meets annually to evaluate and discuss pertinent safety issues.
- A task force composed of members from the SGASD School Safety and Security Council was formed in the Spring of 2018 in response to the recent national attacks in school environments. The task force consists of parents, students, school administrators, teachers, school board members, & police chiefs. (Implemented spring of 2018)
Community members, parents, staff, and students are an important part of creating a positive and safe environment in our schools. If you see, hear, or read something unsettling, please report it immediately to a school official and/or the police. We will continue to investigate any reported tips and remain vigilant in our efforts to maintain school safety.
The District greatly appreciates your continued support in creating a safe learning environment for our students.