Safety Measures in Place
Schools comply with federal school safety directives and Missouri state requirements for educational facilities. The plans ensure that the District is responsive to a variety of critical incidents. These measures include:
- 24/7 security department monitoring cameras, alarm systems and conducting physical security checks at all buildings
- Employee ID badges and visitor screening and ID requirements
- Interior and exterior security cameras in all schools
- Single point of entry during school hours
- Emergency communications and messaging systems and lockdown buttons
- Emergency 24/7 tipline
- Police officers from local agencies in all middle and high schools (SROs); daily contact with elementary schools
- Video cameras on school buses
- Classroom panic buttons
- Double-entry security vestibules at front entrances
- Intruder resistant safety film on doors and windows
- Safety drills for fire, tornado, earthquake and intruder
- Intruder training for all employees
- Crisis Response Teams in every school/building
- Crisis Response Manuals
Keeping Children Safe
The Parkway Schools makes every effort to ensure that schools and facilities are safe and secure environments for students, staff, and visitors. The district has a comprehensive critical incident response plan that identifies planning, response, and recovery measures necessary to fulfill this responsibility. Parkway places great importance on school and district staff knowing their responsibilities during a school emergency.
District training includes an annual review of the district's plan and annual training for principals and staff. School fire inspections, safety and security audits, and safety drills for students and staff are routinely conducted. Emergency communications systems are tested regularly and each school is equipped with emergency weather warning systems.
Please see below for more detailed information regarding Parkway's procedures.
Lockdown: A lockdown occurs when there is an immediate hostile threat to a school. This may involve a weapon on campus, an intruder or any event in which students and staff members may be endangered. A lockdown announcement is made in plain language so that all staff members and students seek immediate cover in a locked room. All school activities cease and 911 is called. All staff members and students remain in lockdown until released by law enforcement.
Shelter in Place: A Shelter-in-Place is a temporary measure designed to prevent unauthorized persons or visitors to enter the building. During a Shelter-in-Place, all exterior doors are locked, and the main entrance is monitored by administrators, security or the school resource officer (SRO). This procedure allows the school to continue with the normal school day, but outside activity is curtailed. It is most commonly used when a law enforcement incident is actively occurring outside a school building, on or off school property. Depending on the specific incident, students may be required to remain in school for an extended period of time until the all clear is given by authorities.
Students will not be released to parents during a shelter-in-place since school personnel will not open exterior doors during this time. Once authorities have established that the environment is safe, students may be released to parents/guardians.
Stockpiling of Water: School sites maintain a limited supply of water and emergency supplies.
Students Requiring Medication: In the event an evacuation of a school becomes necessary, all medications currently at the school will be moved to the evacuation site. Parents should ensure the schools have an appropriate amount of medication on hand as well as instructions for the use of the medication.
Field Trips: In the event of a critical incident, field trips will be cancelled at the discretion of the principal in consultation with district staff members.
Bus Accidents: District policy requires that an administrator from the school respond to the scene of a bus accident that involves injury to students. District administrators from the transportation department also respond to assist with alternate transportation to school or home. School personnel will coordinate with the emergency staff to determine where children who need medical treatment will be transported. Parents should not go to the accident site.
Student Access to News: The school staff will limit the use of television and radio broadcasts in classrooms to avoid over exposure to media reports. Principals will use discretion in determining the appropriateness of media broadcasts.
Evacuation of Schools: Schools will not automatically be cancelled in a crisis/emergency situation. Schools may be the safest place for students. The district will work to ensure that students are safe inside schools until the threat has passed. Parents will be informed of evacuations through our communications system and the local media. Instructions will be provided regarding the location and procedures for the reunification process.
Student Release to Parents: Parents will not be permitted to pick up their children during a lockdown or shelter-in-place until released by an administrator or law enforcement. This restricted access will be done only when absolutely necessary and with the best interest of the students and the staff in mind.
During such an event, students will only be released to those individuals authorized on the school emergency card or who possess written permission from a parent or guardian. Everyone picking up students will be required to present proper identification for students to be released.