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Safety Week

Day 1

The goal of Safety Week is to provide the Indian Prairie School District students, staff, and community with information and tools used to support safety in the school environment.

There are many professionals available to help support students:


Student Services Coordinator - The student services coordinator oversees the Student Services Department and all special education services provided through the school.


School Counselor - School Counselors address all students’ academic, career and social/emotional development needs through a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success.


Social Worker - School social workers bring to the school setting an understanding of the social/emotional development of children and the influence of family, community and cultural differences.


School Psychologist - School psychologists are trained in the areas of assessment, childhood development, behavioral management, individual and group counseling, mental health support, and consultation.


Occupational & Physical Therapists - OTs work with students who have an IEP and need support with visual motor, fine motor, self-care, and sensory processing. PTs support identified students with gross motor, functional mobility, and strength/endurance needs.


Speech-Language Services - SLPs work with students exhibiting a range of communication disorders.

School Resource Officer - SROs work in partnership with the schools to promote a safe school environment as an educator (i.e. guest lecturer), informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer.

How does the Student Services Department support school safety?


  • The Student Services Department works in conjunction with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to support the varying needs of students. From intervening with academic supports to crisis interventions, the team helps support students and fosters a safe school environment.


Curriculum Supports: Second Step/SEL


  • IPSD Middle Schools are using the Second Step Program to support students SEL (Social Emotional Learning) needs. 

Second Step Middle School Program

Day 2

The goal of Safety Week is to provide the Indian Prairie School District students, staff, and community with information and tools used to support safety in the school environment.

Quick Notes and Tips for Transportation to School


Bus Riders

  • Treat the bus as an extension of the classroom.

    • Follow the directions of the driver.

    • Remain in your seat.

    • Treat others with respect.

  • Locate your pick-up time and location through Home Access.

    • Practice walking to your bus stop.

    • Arrive 5 minutes early to your bus stop.

Walkers

  • Identify a safe walking path and practice it prior to the start of school.

  • Use marked crosswalks.

  • Walk in groups.


Bicycles

  • Identify a safe biking path and practice it prior to the start of school.

  • Bike to school in a group.

  • Wear protective gear like helmets, elbow pads, and bright clothing or a vest.


Drop-off Line

  • Review our drop-off and pick-up procedures.

  • Be aware of local traffic caused by construction, inclement weather, or nearby schools.

  • Follow the directions of our staff members present to help keep students safe and traffic flowing.

Day 3

The goal of Safety Week is to provide the Indian Prairie School District students, staff, and community with information and tools used to support safety in the school environment.

Visiting Fischer Middle School


Entrance Protocol

  • All visitors must enter through Door 1

  • Please ring the doorbell and wait outside for staff to respond.

  • You will be asked to state your name, your child’s name and the purpose of your visit

  • After being buzzed in you should enter the building and head directly to the main office. You must have a valid ID ready to present.


Drop-off Items

  • All items being dropped off need to be left with a staff member in the office.

  • Please follow entrance protocol for being let into the building.


Early Dismissal

  • In the case of a planned early dismissal, a note may be sent in with your child to bring to the main office in the morning. Once received, an early dismissal pass will be given to your child to be down in the office at the requested time.

  • Parents/guardians should come into the building to sign-out their child and accompany them out.

    • The main office staff will request an ID to verify relationship to child.

  • We ask that all parents/guardians remain in office and not walking the building or in the halls until your child is prepared to leave.

    • If you need to assist your child in the building a staff member will accompany you unless a background check is completed.

  • Your child will only be dismissed to parents/guardians that are on our contact list.

    • Please double check that these contacts are updated periodically.

    • The office staff will contact the primary contact if there is a request for a non-emergency contact to pick-up child.


Passing Periods

  • During a passing period all visitors will be asked to wait outside until passing period is over and/or students have vacated the halls.

  • If you are in the building as a passing period is taking place we ask that you remain in the main office until the passing period is over.


End of Day

  • If picking up your child at the end of the school day you may be asked to wait in the office until students have vacated the halls.

  • If you are visiting a staff member or volunteering we ask that you remain in the office until 3:10pm or until the office staff has given permission to walk about the building.

Day 4

The goal of Safety Week is to provide the Indian Prairie School District students, staff, and community with information and tools used to support safety in the school environment.

Safety Drill Best Practices


Why do we do safety drills?

  • To ensure that all students and staff are as safe as possible

  • To be prepared for events not just in school, but our daily lives

What are some proactive safety practices?

  • Have a heightened sense of awareness and be present in the moment

  • Use your senses to be more aware of your surroundings...and not just in school (walking home from school, at the movies or the mall, at home…)

Be aware/present

  • Know where you are, know your location

  • Know where the Exits are located

  • Know safe places within your environment and use specific and detailed information if calling for help

Alert

  • Alert an adult about the situation (Fire, Tornado, stranger danger, threatening behavior, medical issue…)

  • Safely provide as much detail about the situation as you possibly can

Inform

  • The office will provide as much clear and accurate information as possible based on the alert (location, people involved, potential next steps)

What are the behavior expectations?

  • Be Quiet and Listen (Follow your teacher’s directions and instructions)

  • Observe your surroundings (STOP, LOOK and LISTEN)

  • Remain calm and listen for updates and announcements

  • Stay away from doors and windows

ALICE, ALICE, ALICE

  • Alert-Tell everyone what is going on

  • Lockdown-Lock doors, barricade, stay quiet and out of sight

  • Inform-Keep telling everyone what is going on, be specific and detailed

  • Counter-Do what you can to be safe

  • Evacuate-Get out of the building and get to a safe location

  • What is the danger, and where is the danger?

  • Actions to take if danger is at school campus

Day 5

The goal of Safety Week is to provide the Indian Prairie School District students, staff, and community with information and tools used to support safety in the school environment.

Day 5: Safety Review and Tips


Start the Day Right!

Follow procedures when dropping off and picking up students, adhere to bus rules, and watch for bikers and walkers.

Entrance & Exits

Discuss entrance and exit procedures at each school building and always follow protocol.

Talk About Safety

Review school safety drills with your children; discuss safe practices at school, home, and the community; and know what your role is in an emergency situation.

Know the #s

Teach children how to dial 911 and give information.

Know Your Local Emergency Phone Numbers.

Keep an easily-accessible list of phone numbers for the Police Department, Fire Department, School, etc.

If you see something, say something.

Be an active member of the community and report suspicious behavior.


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