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School Safety

Penn-Harris-Madison Safe Schools Mission Statement

Penn-Harris-Madison has developed school safety plans and crisis management plans and we utilize an ongoing process to update district-wide safety plans that includes in-service training, crisis preparation, a district safety committee and student/parent participation.  A safe, orderly environment is necessary to support student achievement. A coordinated effort among students, parents, educators and community members will keep our schools safe. Through study, planning, education and follow-up, we will continue to have safe schools that support student learning. If you have questions about school safety contact Director of Safety and Student Services Mike Seger at 574-258-9551.

What's New in Safety at Penn-Harris-Madison?

Regional Training at Penn High School - February 2015

The Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy and the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation are proud to present "Defuse and Manage Problem Students and Confrontational Parents: School and Police Tactics That Work" presented by Dr. John More, President and CEO of Response Law, Inc.

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015

Location: Penn High School

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Register here.

P-H-M Safety Awards and Publications

P-H-M Director of Safety and Student Services Mike Seger conducted a national webinar in May 2014 for Security Today on critical components for K-12 school safety and security. In addition, he was recognized with a Gov30 Security Award from Security Today on May 13 at the Washington Convention Center. The Gov30 award recognized thirty leaders across the country for their contributions to the government security community and the difference they made in securing critical infrastructure, key assets and the homeland. Security Today is the industry-leading security products magazine, enewsletter, and website for security dealers, integrators and end-users. For more information go to Security Today.

The November 2013 issue of Security Products Magazine featured the article "Standing Above the Rest" by Ralph C. Jensen. "There are some schools and campuses that have prepared themselves so well above others that they are virtually a beacon on the hill in terms of security. Not only are they prepared, but they also know that threats are to be taken seriously, as no one is immune from an incident." Here is the link to the digital version of the "Standing Above the Rest" story. Embedded in the digital version is P-H-M's Safety and Security Construction Update. Scott Knipstein of Honeywell shared with Mike that he thinks this article will create a "buzz" in the industry that will develop and enhance the goal of keeping children safe in the school environment. In addition, the author Ralph C. Jensen wrote comments about P-H-M in this article.

Here's a link to the PDF of the article with the cover photo of Director of Safety and Security Mike Seger and Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker. 

P-H-M has also been featured in the November 2013 issue of Building Operating Management magazine. This article by Greg Zimmerman, executive editor, is entitled "Full-Scale Active Shooter Drills Can Help Schools Prepare For The Worst" and it focuses on the active shooter exercise held this past April along with the article entitled "Indiana school district has three goals for active shooter drills."

School Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation has taken steps to ensure your child's safety while in school. Each school has developed a crisis response plan. Emergency preparedness is basically preparing the steps you will take in the event of an emergency, such as contact information, communications, and evacuation plans. Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions

P-H-M Safety and Crisis Contact Information

The Safe School Helpline® is a confidential way to report student concerns about threats, suicide, drugs, bullying or anything that threatens the safety of our schools. The Safe School Helpline®  is available 24/7.

The P-H-M Safe School PartnerLine is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety in at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number anytime of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential, there is NO caller ID, and the voice mailbox is checked on a daily basis.

The P-H-M Safe School Crisis Call Center is available in the event of an actual crisis situation. The district has a number of emergency phones ready to field parent calls. When enacted, the safety team will answer calls in the order in which they are received.

For the complete listing of contact numbers for safety concerns or emergency situations, click HERE.

Parent Resources

This section provides contains resources and tips for parents with information related to bullying, MySpace, Facebook, emergency crisis situations and transportation safety. In addition, you will find a document for making suggestions related to the safety of our students.

The video “Getting to School Safely” was produced by Denver Public Schools and is an awareness tool for parents and students.  This 12 minute video provides a ‘top 10’ list of driving hazards that parents and students should be aware of during drop off/pickup times.

Tips for Parents

What parents can do to help schools keep their children safe during an emergency

Behavior patterns



Facebook Safety

Bus Transportation Safety

Safety Suggestions Form

Links and Resources for Parents - this is a variety of websites that provide helpful information to parents and others about safety

Netsmartz Internet Safety