Keeping Our Children Safe at School
A safe learning environment is essential for students of all ages. Without it they are unable to focus on learning the skills needed for a successful education and future.
There are a number of things that we do at Nicolet to reinforce school safety for students and staff.
1. We are visible, greeting students and parents.
2. We have clear behavioral expectations, positive behavior intervention and supports.
3. Bully Awareness and Counseling
4. On campus Security Officers and a School Resource Officer
5. We have planned, practiced and are prepared for emergency situations.
School Violence Prevention Measures
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).
- Citing school safety incident data.