Date: October 18, 2018
From: Mike LaFavers, Superintendent and Chris Holderman, Assistant Superintendent
In August, the Board of Education approved a two-year School Safety Strategic Plan aimed at strengthening safety efforts throughout the district. The $415,000 plan covers four focus areas, including mental health, safety drills and protocols, supervision and security—with seventeen stated goals and specific action plans.
The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and administrators are moving quickly to implement the approved plan. We are working hard to create a balance between having a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and securing our buildings from unwanted intruders. Over the next week, we will be rolling out new procedures for visiting our schools and we encourage you to take a moment to review these important district-wide safety updates.
The Raptor Visitor Management System has been installed and effective Wednesday, October 24, all school visitors must present a driver’s licenses or federal ID in order to access areas beyond the office while school is in session. Identification will also be required to check students out of school.
Identifications will be scanned into the Raptor System, creating a visitor badge that will include a photo, name, time, date and purpose of the visit. The system instantly screens the visitor information against the national sex offender registry, alerts staff to potential custody concerns and is capable of transmitting a silent emergency alarm that immediately notifies school officials and first responders.
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This evening, the Board of Education approved an agreement with the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office to provide an additional School Resource Officer for the district. The full-time officer will be stationed at Boyle County Middle School but will serve all five district schools. The position will be contracted from November 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019.
Later this fall, surveillance cameras and alert sensors will be installed on exterior doors across the district to ensure that all points of entry are secure at all times. Office personnel will monitor the system during arrival and dismissal, and throughout the school day, to make sure doors remain fully closed and prevent unauthorized entry.
Administrators, counselors and mental health professionals are promoting student inclusion and connectedness throughout their schools. Over the last few months, all elementary students have been surveyed to evaluate their level of connectedness within the school setting and students across all grade levels are participating in regular happiness, resiliency, upstander and bully prevention lessons.
In addition, elementary schools participated in Start with Hello Week—a youth violence prevention program developed by the Sandy Hook Promise Organization to teach kids how to support others who may be dealing with chronic social isolation.
Several other initiatives outlined in the safety plan have been implemented throughout the district. They include:
Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your help and cooperation as we continuously work to make Boyle County Schools stronger. Should you have any questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can extend our school safety efforts, please contact your child’s school administrators or call the Central Office at 859.236.6634.