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.
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.
School Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
How can I see the security plan for my child's school? (back to top)
What is lockdown? (back to top)
In the event of a terrorist attack or other emergency situation, will P-H-M go into lockdown? (back to top)
What will P-H-M do if an act of war or other emergency situation occurs while students are in school? (back to top)
What is shelter-in-place? (back to top)
Shelter-in-Place is a short-term solution to a short-term problem. If an accident or attack that created contaminated air occurred in the nearby area, everyone would be brought indoors, including those in external buildings. Building personnel would close all windows and doors and shut down the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC). This would create a neutral pressure in the building, meaning the contaminated air would not be drawn into the building.
What measures are being taken for students in unattached buildings? (back to top)
What if a child is exposed to a biological or chemical contaminant? (back to top)
What is basic decontamination? (back to top)
Why are you keeping children from their parents? (back to top)
What is a parent reunification site? (back to top)
Why can't I be given the evacuation and parent reunification locations ahead of time? (back to top)
Are schools stockpiling food and water? (back to top)
Does the school district have a food service crisis plan in place for such emergencies? ()back to top
What if my child is riding a school bus at the time of a crisis? (back to top)
Can I pick up my child? (back to top)
Who can pick up my children? (back to top)
What about my child's medication? (back to top)
Are students allowed to have cell phones at school? (back to top)
Can I contact my child? (back to top)
What will schools do if there is a smallpox outbreak? (back to top)
How will my children know what to do in the event of a terrorist attack? (back to top)
Will children be allowed to view events via live television or radio reports? (back to top)
How are field trips handled? (back to top)
Every student will be receiving an Emergency Guide for Parents Brochure in August 2011. The brochure was created to assist parents in their understanding of what to do in a school emergency. The link provided is a copy of the brochure in PDF format. Click on the link above to access the Parent Emergency Guide.
The PartnerLine is a completely confidential way of sharing information with P-H-M and the line is checked on a daily basis. The crisis emergency number is available for updates during a crisis situation.
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: http://www.dpsk12.org/video/safety/
These are the safety initiatives that are currently in place to maintain safe schools.
The community participation folder contains tips for parents and 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.
Here is a list of web links and other resources for parents related to emergency situations, safety, web safety and bullying.