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Schools keep plans updated to maintain safety of its students

Friday, February 1, 2008

Lynn Stoelting
The Clay Community School Corporation is continually looking to maintain the safety of their students.

From drugs to violence to natural disasters, the school corporation has plans and solutions in place to handle these problems, should they occur.

Each classroom has an emergency procedures guide, outlining what to do in various situations, for both students and faculty, to help alleviate panic.

The corporation met with Vigo County School Corporation School Safety Specialist Ray Azar in December to receive options on how to update the guide.

"We have updated the guide this year to keep up with new safety procedures," School Safety Specialist and Director of Nursing Services Lynn Stoelting said. "We review and update it every year."

The corporation also has plans in place to prevent the presence of unwanted persons from entering the building.

To protect the schools against intruders, all doors, other than the main door, are locked from the outside at all times.

"We leave one door unlocked during school hours," Stoelting said. "The door is located near the main office so visitors must check in."

A new policy instituted in the past year requires all incoming visitors to wear a badge identifying them. Also, all staff and administrators now have nametags and all students at the junior high and high school levels carry school-issued identification.

Also, to further protect students and staff, all classroom and office doors are locked from the inside to keep anyone from getting in.

To assist with overall school safety, the school corporation works with the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Emergency Management and Brazil City Police to make sure they are on the same page when handling emergency situations.

"We assist the schools when called upon," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "We also try to have a presence at the schools, particularly the junior high and high schools, at random times everyday. We are not always out there for any reason in particular, they are just random passthroughs."

The school corporation follows the Board of Health guidelines for communicable diseases, such as Meningitis, and has strict policies for the use of medications on school grounds. They have also organized safe transportation for children when it comes to field trips and coming to and from school.

There are also plans, which have been in place for many years, on what to do in the event of natural disasters, such as fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and blizzards.

"Monthly fire and tornado drills are conducted at all the schools," Stoelting said. "Also, this year we have begun to practice lockdown drills once a semester, which are required by the state. It's important the children know how to react in emergency situations."

In November 2007, all staff and administrators participated in an Active Shooter workshop to keep abreast with new procedures in emergency situations involving an intruder.

The corporation is also adding new safety specialists each year.

"We are allowed to send five members of our staff to a safety specialist seminar," Stoelting said. "We will soon have at least one safety specialist in each building. The most important thing in our jobs is to maintain the safety of the children and ensure they have the best chance at a great education"

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I am just thinking that locking all doors except the front one is a good idea... but is it really going to stop people from getting in? The doors at the high school are open every evening and ANYBODY can walk in. Too bad this wont be addressed in the new bond. Guess NCMS and NHS don't matter when it comes to safety!!!

And I am just wondering when the bathrooms at NCMS will be safe to use again???

-- Posted by madmom61 on Sun, Feb 3, 2008, at 2:24 PM

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