GCS Reviews Safety Procedures with Schools

In response to the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut on Dec. 14, Guilford County Schools (GCS) is asking administrators at all schools to review the district's safety procedures with staff members, assess potential security risks and practice the district's plans. GCS schools are practicing safety preparedness in the following ways:

  • Maintaining a heightened awareness regarding safety and security and reviewing safety and security plans and procedures with faculty and staff members

 

  • Reviewing and tightening entrance and visitor sign-in procedures and reminding staff to report concerns immediately
  • Completing lockdown drills before winter break, if they have not done so previously (schools are required to practice these drills at least once per semester)
  • Communicating what they are doing to ensure student safety with parents, and providing tips for discussing the national tragedy with children to parents and staff members
  • Contacting the GCS Safety Office for assistance in conducting a threat assessment at their schools
  • Submitting work orders regarding doors that don't lock, broken lights and other potential safety concerns to maintenance
  • Reminding students about the importance of reporting any concerns to a trusted adult, including their parents, school officials and the anonymous Crime Stoppers phone lines and/or text addresses
  • Continuing to focus on building positive school climates and trusting relationships with students, staff, parents and community members

GCS also works closely with local law enforcement and the county emergency management office to promote safety on campuses and relies on tips and information from students. The greatest deterrent to crime is often information and communication, so students should contact Campus Crime Stoppers immediately with any concerns or information regarding a possible incident.

High Point Campus Crime Stoppers: 336-889-4000
Greensboro Campus Crime Stoppers: 336-373-1000
Students across Guilford County may also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

When tragedies of local or national significance occur, it can be confusing and frightening for children. GCS has put together a page of resources for parents and educators who are talking to kids about the tragedy in Connecticut.