School Safety

Blount County Schools Commitment to Safety
School Safety has been and continues to be critical issues in the lives of students, educators, parents, families and community members.  There is a growing concern over the safety of our students due to recent national school incidents of violence.  Educators are less able to provide effective instruction in an environment that is perceived to be unsafe.  While students are under the supervision of school personnel, the only priority that surpasses educating the children is keeping them safe.  Therefore, it is imperative that the Blount County School System make every effort to ensure the safety of our students and those that teach them.
It is our goal and commitment to provide a safe and secure learning environment that will foster academic achievement and positive community and parental relationships.  Our foremost priority is the safety of our students and faculty.  
We promote and encourage:
Academic achievement
Family/parental involvement
Open discussion of safety issues
Treating others with respect
Open communication between students, faculty and parents
Character education

The list below includes but is not limited to the Emergency and Safety Preparedness action steps that Blount County Schools have implemented to ensure that schools are as safe as possible.
Emergency Operations Plans that integrate ongoing positive climate and safety efforts with crisis prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to ensure that crisis training and plans:
a. Relevant to the school context
b. Reinforce learning
c. Make maximum use of existing staff and resources
d. Facilitate effective threat assessment
e. Are consistently reviewed and practiced
f. Professional development training for all staff at the beginning of school

School Resource Officers
School Nurses
District Wide Social Worker and school counselors
Coordination with local mental health agencies
National Emergency Management System Compliance
Monthly Fire, Severe Weather and Code Red Drills
District-Wide Emergency Calling System
Internet Based Surveillance Systems in High Schools
Coordination with local EMA and community police and emergency agencies
Crisis Response Teams
Effective, Positive School Discipline
Medical Emergency Teams (MERT)
Locked Entrances and Camera Systems
Employee Picture Identification Badges
Visitor Badges RaptorWare Check In System
Maintaining Virtual Alabama
Safe and Drug Free Programs
o Too Good for Drugs
o No Bullying: Stop the Bullying
Board Policies
o Discipline
o Bullying, Harassment, Cyberstalking, Cyberbullying Discrimination
o Drug
o Weapon
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