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Safety Measures

Our District uses a number of strategies to provide a safe climate. Following are examples of what we do to help ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff.

•    The Westside Community School District has Emergency Procedures that are reviewed periodically and updated when necessary. Each building is equipped with emergency radios to monitor official information. Schools have two-way radios and cell phones with direct access to the District's central office. School personnel work closely with local emergency service providers to ensure everyone is prepared for an emergency. Emergency drills are conducted for fire/evacuation, severe weather events/shelter, and intruders in every school.
•    The school has a check-in procedure for visitors during the school day. Although we encourage parents to visit our schools, please keep in mind check-in procedures apply to all visitors as part of our access control measures. In schools where the secretary or another staff member does not have a view of the entrance, the door is locked and monitored with a camera, speaker and buzz-in system. Visitors should be prepared to state the nature of their visit, sign a guest register in the main office or at the high school in the entry, and show picture identification if asked to do so. Our procedures are structured to help ensure the safety of all students and staff.
•    Parents should contact school personnel as quickly as possible if they become aware of a situation that could endanger students or staff members. Parents are a valuable partner in helping us ensure a safe school environment. Any parent having safety or security concerns should contact a building administrator, school counselor, or teacher immediately. We will treat all information in an appropriately confidential manner.
•    Westside Community Schools has adopted a variety of safety and security policies, including a student code of conduct. All students are taught appropriate school behaviors and a parent handbook that contains the code of conduct is sent to every students’ home.  The code of conduct is also available on the District web-site. Parents are asked to read and review the handbook, including the code of conduct, with their children. In addition, parents are welcome to contact school officials with their questions and concerns about content, implementation, or enforcement of school policies.
•    Westside Community Schools has procedures in place for disseminating information to parents and the greater community during an emergency.  In an emergency, listen to local radio and television stations. Information will also be posted on the district’s website and sent through our phone messaging system. As quickly as possible, if necessary, we will provide information on how, where, and when children can leave or be picked-up. In some emergencies, it may not be advisable for parents to come to the school. Please remember the safety of children is foremost in our minds, and parents/other adults may be required to show identification as an added security measure before a child is released. If the school is considered by law enforcement to be a crime scene, students will not be released until the police instruct school officials to do so.
•    We use the expertise of school safety teams throughout the school year. Although injuries and disciplinary infractions occur periodically, all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the school environment remains hazard free. Our safety teams include administrators, school health personnel, school resource officers, counselors, building services representatives, nutrition services staff, teachers, and parents.  The team reviews accident reports to determine whether there are preventative actions that need to be considered.  The team also reviews emergency procedures, school safety plans and monitors if procedures are followed.  The team makes recommendations for improving safety and security throughout the district. Please contact an administrator if you believe you have information about a safety hazard.
•    A nurse and/or health assistant and a school counselor(s) are available to students and parents in every school. Selected staff members, including all coaches, have first aid and CPR training and there are defibrillators in every building.
•    Specific procedures for student supervision are in place and two school resource officers (SRO) are assigned to the Westside Community Schools. One SRO is at the middle school and one is at the high school. Both SROs are available to assist in the elementary schools. The district also owns a canine dog that is trained in drug identification.
•    Staff members wear identification badges.
•    We have some surveillance cameras in strategic places throughout the district.       
•    An anti-violence, anti-hate and anti-bullying curriculum is incorporated in lessons throughout the year.
•    Custodial staff members routinely check doors and grounds throughout the school day.
•    Background checks are conducted on all new staff members.







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