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BASD Updates Public on School Safety Measures

March 12, 2018

The Brookville Area School District administration and board of directors works diligently to make our schools safe for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. 

Over the past several years, the district has implemented and/or has made changes to a number of policies, procedures and systems all intended to enhance safety.  A security committee comprised of administrators, board members and local emergency personnel meets regularly to discuss and develop emergency procedures.   Working collaboratively, that committee has developed the district’s emergency operations plan and continues its work developing plans for specific types of emergencies, including reunification plans if an evacuation needs to occur.

Emergency procedure guides are located in each classroom and are also made available to district staff, bus drivers, and emergency personnel through a mobile app.

A variety of drills are held in all schools throughout the year including fire drills, lockdown drills, severe weather drills, and bus evacuation drills.

Local police officers regularly visit our buildings during the school day and are present at the majority of school events.

The district has surveillance camera systems installed at each building and the district’s telephone system automatically alerts a number of school district staff when a 911 call is made from any district telephone.

Emergency notification statements are pre-loaded in the district’s mass notification system, SchoolMessenger, that will allow administrators to quickly send information to guardians and staff in the event of a large scale emergency at any of our buildings.

And recently, the district has implemented a new visitor management system at each school that allows us to more closely track non-students and non-staff that are in the buildings during the school day.

These are just some examples of the things the district has done to improve safety and we are continually evaluating and making adjustments as necessary.

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