School Safety

School Safety Information

At the Indian River Central School District Board of Education meeting on October 4, 2018, a public hearing was held to review revisions to the District Safety Plan.  The Board voted to adopt the Indian River Central School District Safety Plan for the 2018-2019 school year.  This Safety Plan is available to view at the following link and is embedded below:

Indian River Central School District Safety Plan 2018-2019




Current Safety Plan Processes

  • Staff Training: SHELL Training, Fire Safety, DASA Training, Emergency Preparedness, Threat/Risk Assessments and Procedures, Clerical/Entry Area Procedures, Vigilance, Relationship Building
  • Student Training: 4 Lockdown Drills, 8 Fire Drills, DASA Overview
  • Facilities: Access Control Procedures, Building and Room Keys, Entry Buzzer System

What is SHELL?

SHELL is an emergency response system used by schools and businesses across NYS.  It helps provide a common language when communicating about emergency situations.

S

Shelter in Place 

EXTERNAL CONCERN 

Used to shelter students and staff inside the building.  Shelter in place is typically used during severe weather, especially wind or intense snowfall.  Students and staff are required to remain indoors because it is safer inside the building or a room than outside. In severe cases, students and staff may be moved to rigid-structure
areas within the building (away from windows, hallways, basements, etc.).  
 

H

Hold in Place

NO IMMINENT CONCERN

Used to limit the movement of students and staff while dealing with short-term emergencies.  Movement of students and staff is temporarily limited during an internal incident, such as a medical emergency or a maintenance issue to keep them away from the affected area. Though the students and staff will remain in the classroom, instruction will usually continue during a Hold-In-Place event. 

E

Evacuate

INTERNAL CONCERN

Used to evacuate students and staff from the building.  Students and staff are required to leave the building because it is safer outside than inside, such as during a fire. Evacuation may take place to another school building, community site, or outdoor location (weather permitting). 

L

Lockout/Controlled Access

EXTERNAL CONCERN

Used to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an imminent concern outside of the school.  The school is secured due to an imminent concern outside the school building, such as a wild animal in the school vicinity or an ongoing police issue in the community.  Often times, the District is notified by Law Enforcement to initiate Lock Out/Controlled Access Procedures.  During a lockout, inside the school is the safest place for students and staff and no one will be permitted to enter the building until this designation is lifted.  Parents and community members should not come to school or wait outdoors for their own safety. Regular indoor activities may continue, but outdoor activities will not occur. Communication updates will be made as the situation allows.

L

Lockdown

MOST SERIOUS STATUS - IMMINENT DANGER

Used to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in or around the school.  Students and staff take cover, remain silent and out of view.  This occurs when an incident poses an immediate threat of violence in or around the school.  School personnel will alert law enforcement but will likely not be able to issue any other communication to the community until the threat has passed in order to maintain everyone's safety. Parents and community members should not come to school or to any other reunification site until directed to do so. The release of students will be managed by school officials and law enforcement personnel. 


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