All schools work to prevent school violence, and schools are considered to be very safe places. This can be a good time to remind students, staff, and parents of their important role in promoting school safety by following procedures and reporting unusual or concerning individuals or behavior. School safety is reinforced daily by creating and maintaining a caring school community in which adults and students respect and trust each other and all students feel connected, understand expectations, and receive the behavioral and mental health support they need.
Below is a list of school prevention activities that we utilize at Nicolet:
Limited access to school buildings (designated entrance with all other access points locked from the exterior).
Monitoring of the school parking lot (parking lot monitors who oversee people entering and leaving the campus).
Monitoring and supervision of student common areas such as hallways, cafeterias, and playgrounds.
School video surveillance.
Presence of school resource officers, local police partnerships, or security guards.
Monitoring of school guests (report to main office, sign in, wear badges, report unfamiliar people to school office).
Crisis plans and preparedness training (building level teams, regular review of plans and simulation drills, training teachers and other staff in how to respond to students' questions, crisis awareness).
Creating a safe, supportive school climate that provides school-wide behavioral expectations, caring school climate programs, positive interventions and supports (PBIS), psychological and counseling services, and violence prevention programs (bully-proofing, social skills development, conflict mediation).
Encourage students to take responsibility for their part in maintaining safe school environments, including student participation in safety planning. They, better than adults, know the hidden or less trafficked areas of the school that are more likely to be dangerous.
Promote compliance with school rules, reporting potential problems to school officials, and resisting peer pressure to act irresponsibly.
Anonymous reporting systems (student hot lines, "suggestion" boxes, "tell an adult" campaigns).
Threat assessment and risk-assessment procedures and teams for conducting the assessments.
School preparedness drills (intruder alerts, earthquakes, and fire).
Nicolet Middle School conducted a lock-down drill the week of March 14th. The drill occurred within the first 10 minutes of Lunch A. Staff all over campus opened their doors to usher students and other staff inside. We had students in classrooms, the staff lounge, and the cafeteria to name a few. Our goal is to ensure that all students and staff know exactly what to do should the need for a real lock-down ever arise.