Safety is the highest priority in Madison County Schools. The district is committed to providing the highest quality education in a safe environment for every student.
What measures are we taking to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff:
- Safe School Helpline: Our district has partnered with Safe School Helpline to provide a way for students, staff, and the community to help prevent the threat of harm on our campuses. The Helpline is designed to assist in reporting any wrongdoing that might impact our schools. Reporting can be done anonymously by telephone, smart phone, or computer by calling the helpline, using the app or visiting the website. For additional information, you can visit www.schoolhelpline.com.
- Safety Monitors: The Board of Education created 20 safety monitor positions in March 2018. Safety Monitors are being hired for all of our school campuses. These monitors will help ensure the day-to-day safety of our school buildings and campuses.
- Safety Audits by KCSS: Our high schools voluntarily participated in a safety audit by Kentucky Center for School safety in the fall. Our high schools received several commendations for our safety procedures during this process.
- Adult Supervision: The Kentucky Center for School Safety states that the most important aspect of maintaining student safety is effective adult supervision. In our most recent safety audits our schools received commendations for having effective adult supervision.
- Relationships with students: We have structures in all schools whereby each student is well known by at least one adult advocate in the student’s school who supports that student’s educational experience. This is a required standard from our accreditation process and Madison County completed the re-accreditation process in November and these systems were reviewed and measured.
- School Resource Officers: Our district is fortunate to work with School Resource Officers from both the Richmond and Berea police departments. Those officers are in the high schools daily and the middle schools regularly, working with students and staff. They have been instrumental in increasing the level of safety in our district. The district is working with Richmond Police and Berea Police departments to increase the number of full-time SROs for the coming school year.
- Safety Vestibules: During the school day, any visitor to a school must enter the building through the front doors. Our schools are equipped with safety vestibules. When you enter a building, you still have to be “buzzed” through a second set of doors in order to have access to the building. These safety vestibules give our office staff a chance to find out who you are and what business you have in the building.
- WATCH D.O.G.S.: In addition, we’ve also implemented the WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program in many of our elementary schools as an extra safety measure. This program allows dads to be trained to help supervise students and monitor for any safety issues throughout our schools during the school day.
- School Safety Committees: Every school in our district has a safety committee – a team of adults who work to ensure that safety is monitored and precautions are taken. Those safety committees help to develop a safety plan for their school building. Those plans include things like conducting drills for fire, weather, and even active shooter situations.
- Safety Drills: Our schools conduct lockdown drills so students are aware of what to do in a lockdown situation and have had a chance to practice. Lockdown drills also give teachers an opportunity to talk to students about the reasons we do the drills and why they are so important.
- Staff Training: The majority of our staff have experienced active shooter training over the past few years. That training is conducted by the Kentucky State Police and gives the staff some idea of what can happen during an active shooter situation. Being prepared is vital – for students and staff.
- Data Collection: We monitor data collected by staff and student surveys. This may sound like a simple thing, but understanding how our staff and students feel about the environment where they teach and learn is important. We are pleased that Madison County teachers almost unanimously rated their school as a safe place to work and learn on the most recent TELL KY Survey. Madison County had one of the highest ratings in the state which is a testament the effort and partnerships throughout our community.
Please feel free to contact your child’s school or the district office with any questions or concerns about school safety.
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