COMMITMENT TO SAFE SCHOOLS
Blue Valley Schools is committed to promoting and fostering a safe environment in and around all of our schools. Through the convergence of physical and intellectual security measures, we are continuously working to prevent, mitigate, respond to and recover from a wide range of emergencies.
Safe Schools Hotline - (913) 239-HELP
Report suspicious, threatening or dangerous activity. Callers leave voice messages and remain anonymous.
P3 Tips Mobile App
See or hear something concerning? Report it anonymously with the
P3 Tips mobile app. Live screeners are available 24/7. The P3 Tips mobile app is available for free download for iPhone and Android devices through the
iTunes App Store and
Fostering Trusted Adult Relationships with Students
Past incidents of school violence have revealed a perception on the part of many perpetrators that no one was interested or cared about them. All school employees are asked to participate in ensuring that no student is without a trusted adult to whom they can turn for help or to communicate information pertaining to the safety of his or her school.
Making School a Safe Haven for Students
Past incidents of school violence also revealed that perpetrators felt bullied, persecuted or injured by others. All school employees are encouraged to create an atmosphere of kindness, respect and fairness in every school building and be a safe harbor for all students, especially those who are experiencing turmoil at home and among their peers.
Identifying, Assessing and Managing Potentially Violent Individuals
Taken from the Secret Service playbook, this strategy asks that everyone participates in identifying and reporting any statement or behavior of an individual which is suggestive of future violent action. Building administrators are responsible for ensuring that an individual who has exhibited threatening or other concerning behavior is effectively assessed regarding his or her potential for violent activity. Appropriate steps can be taken to safeguard the school environment by managing the individual in accordance with the findings of the assessment.
SCHOOL SAFETY TASKFORCE
The School Safety Taskforce completed a district-wide study to ensure the safest learning environments possible for students, staff and the community. The taskforce's work included a thorough review, assessment and analysis of all safety practices, physical environments and emergency procedures. During the study, the taskforce identified additional measures that will support the district school safety presence and environment. The taskforce and Board of Education support the following recommendations to create the safest learning environments possible.
- Formation of a standing District Safety Committee to monitor ongoing safety and security measures
- The District Safety Committee will meet regularly to continue the review and assessment of all district safety practices, physical environments and emergency procedures.
- Use of
P3 Tips mobile app
- We know that safety is a shared responsibility and that each member of our community plays an important role. If you see or hear something concerning, report it anonymously using the P3 Tips Mobile app. Live screeners are available 24/7 to review and share tips submitted with school officials.
- Implementation of buzz-in entry systems at all district schools, beginning with Hilltop Learning Center and the district's elementary schools, with middle schools and high schools to follow
- Buzz-in entry system will provide another layer of security as we work to foster a safe and positive learning environment. Upon implementation, all exteriors doors will be locked during the school day and all visitors, including families, will need to use the buzz-in entry system. Adults will be asked to use the outside intercom and security camera to show their ID and share the purpose of their visit before being "buzzed in." Once inside, adults will continue to sign in at the office and wear a visitor badge while in the school.
- A partnership with the Overland Park, Leawood and Blue Valley Campus police officers to provide a full-time presence in middle schools and also work with attendance area elementary schools
- Blue Valley's school safety philosophy is rooted in the
importance of relationships between students and staff members, including SROs and campus police officers. Full-time officer coverage at middle schools will provide another layer of security on those campuses.
The district will also be implementing short- and long-term safety enhancements that add yet another layer of security and create safe spaces for kids.
Blue Valley Schools continues to make school safety a top priority. Whether there is a medical emergency in the building, a weather emergency is imminent or an intruder is suspected, we want to ensure students and staff know what to do and where to go in an emergency situation.
Throughout the year, students and staff will be participating in a variety of emergency and lockdown drills.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY CONTACTS
Police, Fire, Medical Emergency - 911
Johnson County Sheriff (Non-Emergency) - (913) 782-0720
Leawood Police (Non-Emergency) - (913) 642-5555
Olathe Police (Non-Emergency) - (913) 782-0720
Overland Park Police (Non-Emergency) - (913) 895-6300