Safety and security are at the forefront of our operations and strategic discussions. In a continuous effort to spread awareness, prevent tragedy and inform our learning community, we are constantly training, evaluating, and updating our procedures.
The following are some of the most important safety and security elements
The Classical Academies have up-to-date, site-specific emergency plans that contain comprehensive emergency procedures, including:
- Emergency response training for all staff members. This includes reviewing and detailing our emergency plan contents, CPR/ AED training, and active assailant training.
- Safety Associates at each campus who provide surveillance, customer service, and student support.
- Visitor Management Systems that provide our team with the knowledge of who is on each of our campuses.
- Anonymous reporting system to help prevent bullying, violence, and negative behavior. The Classical Academies has adopted the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System supported by the Sandy Hook Promise.
- Comprehensive communication procedures to ensure clear communication in a campus emergency. This includes details regarding reunification with students after an emergency. The Classical Academies currently uses Parent Square to disseminate information during an emergency. All parents will receive a text message, phone call and email in the case of an emergency with instructions on how to proceed.
- Hosting regular emergency drills, including evacuation, lockdown, and earthquake drills.
- Providing regular safety articles that keep safety and security topics at the forefront of our day-to-day operations.
- Focusing our efforts on awareness, prevention, and preparation for all aspects of safety including bullying, self harm, social media, natural disasters, and outside threats.
- Open communication with our community, local law enforcement, and neighboring school districts.
- Reducing risk by maintaining a physically and psychologically secure setting for students.
What can parents do to help our efforts?
- Convey the importance of situational awareness to your child; being aware of their surroundings and staying in groups.
- Discuss the dangers of social media and how to look for signs of troubled peers. Discuss the importance of reporting suspicious behavior to an adult immediately.
- Be aware of your student’s online activity and which social media accounts they may have.
- Ask your child about their day and look for any signs of bullying, abuse, or depression.
For detailed questions you may contact your site leader or Jared Baez, Director of Safety and Security, at JBaez@classicalacademy.com.