School Safety

SLS Safety Measures

Our motto at SLS is to always put our students’ safety first.  It is our number one priority. Those are not just words, but something we take to heart.  Please look at some of the safety measures we have in place at SLS.

1. Emergency Operations Plan - Our “Emergency Operations Plan” flip chart covers 29 of the most likely scenarios.  All staff have a flip chart and we use it during staff safety training. *The information in the “Emergency Operations Plan” is not made public, so as not to compromise the plan.

2. Staff Training - Staff meetings regularly involved safety training.  Safety scenarios are planned for and practiced.  
3. Table Top Exercises - While the 29 scenarios in the flip chart and it may seem like a lot, we go beyond those 29.  We put staff into teams, describe a new situation, and make them react. After 2 minutes something else is added to the situation and again the team must react and form a plan.  Additional information is given every 2 minutes numerous times.

The goal is to put the teams into a stressful situation and make them work together very quickly.  It is also a chance to create new safety issues that were not considered before. *Most importantly, these exercises require staff to think and make decisions very quickly.  This is so important when a real issue arises. 

When the exercise is over, we discuss what each group did, what went well, and what needed improvement.

4. Hidden Weapons - A few years ago we were given a training video of how to spot hidden weapons.  It is used by law enforcement, so we signed a waiver to never show it to the public.  SLS staff is trained in how to spot a hidden weapon. 

5. Indiana School Safety Specialists - SLS has two staff members who are certified Indiana School Safety Specialists.  Both have been certified for over 10 years. In addition, that certification requires yearly training.

6. SLS Safety Team - We also have a team that is trained to deal with unruly adults or students, conduct threat assessments, and manage any and all safety concerns no matter how big or small.

7. Certified Weather Spotters - Three members of the SLS are certified weather spotters: trained by the National Weather Service.

8. Tactical Site Surveys - Teachers are trained in Tactical Site Surveys to better protect our students.  Tactical Site Surveys are a way to look at your facilities and find possible safety concerns.

9. Sex Offender Registry - The sex offender registry is sent to the staff yearly. In addition, the staff is trained in sexual harassment and sexual violence.

10. Police Visit SLS - Members of Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police do walkthroughs several times a year to walk around and talk to students.  The hidden agenda in these visits is that they are learning the layout of our building in case they ever need to come here for an emergency. *Currently we are working with the Indiana State Police to get a liaison.  This Officer will be more visible in the SLS building in the year 2019-2020.

11. Non-Violent Crisis Interventions - Teachers are trained in Non-Violent Crisis Interventions which builds confidence and reinforces the philosophy of the best possible care, welfare, safety and security of a child.

12. Suicide Prevention - All SLS staff is trained in Suicide Prevention via the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and the QPR Institute.

13. Opioid Training - Safety staff trained in Prescription Pain Medicine Opioids and Heroin Education and Prevention Program. (Via Overdose Lifeline, INC.)

14. Locked classroom doors/front doors as well as sign in and out procedures.