Working Together for School Safety
Spotsylvania County Public Schools is committed to excellence in education and in order to support a school and classroom environment that is responsive and conducive to learning, we must work together to ensure that our schools are safe places in which to teach and learn. A brief description of safety-related topics and efforts is provided below.
Bus Behavior Regulations – Bus behavior guidelines for students can befound in the Code of Student Conduct. Additional information regarding student conduct on school buses may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (EEACC and EEACC-R).
Code of Student Conduct –In accordance with state law, the Code of Student Conduct (SCPS Policy Manual, JFC) is provided to each parent at the beginning of the school year. The Code of Student Conduct addresses the following: (1) authority of school officials over pupils; (2) procedures for administering standards of conduct; (3) student standards of conduct; (4) drug-related crimes and violent criminal conduct involving dangerous weapons or devices; (5) suspension and expulsion; and (6) violations of law.
Crisis Plans –Each school has developed a written school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plan. This plan addresses the essential procedures, operations, and assignments required to prevent, manage, and respond to critical events or emergencies. Additional information regarding crisis plans may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (EB).
Emergency Drills –There are three primary responses to critical incidents: evacuation; lockdown; and shelter-in-place. Schools conduct emergency response drills (to respond to situations such as fire, bomb threat, intruder, tornadoes, earthquake) in accordance with state law and other regulations. Additional information regarding emergency response procedures and safety drills may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (EBCB and ECBC-R).
Fire Drills –In accordance with state law, all schools conduct periodic fire drills (evacuation). During the first twenty days of school, fire drills shall be held at each school at least weekly. Thereafter, fire drills shall be held at least monthly. Additional information may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (ECBC-R).
Prosecution of Juveniles as Adults –State law requires school divisions to provide information developed by the Office of the Attorney General to students and parents regarding laws governing the prosecution of juveniles as adults for the commission of certain crimes.
School Safety Audit –Each school conducts an annual School Safety Audit—a written assessment of the safety conditions in the school. The purpose of the audit is to (1) identify and, if necessary, develop solutions for physical safety concerns, including building security issues and (2) identify and evaluate any patterns of student safety concerns occurring on school property or at school-sponsored events.Solutions and responses will include recommendations for structural adjustments, changes in school safety procedures, and revisions to the school board’s standards for student conduct. Additional information regarding school safety audits may be found in the SCS Policy Manual (EB).
School Resource Officer (SRO) Program –This is a cooperative effort between Spotsylvania County Public Schools and the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office. The primary objectives of the SRO program include: assisting school administrators in fostering a safe, appropriate school environment; acting as an advocate for any child who may be a victim of suspected criminal activity; and promoting a relationship of trust while enhancing the lines of communication among the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Spotsylvania County Schools, students, and parents. The duties of the SRO fall in the broad categories of prevention, investigation, communication, support and enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office has assigned SROs to all high schools and middle schools, to the Alternative School and to one elementary school. These SROs also provide assistance and support to the elementary schools, as needed.
School Security Officer (SSO) Program – The SSO assists in the overall maintenance of a safe school environment by conducting surveillance of school buildings, grounds, and activities and ensuring the security of the school by enforcing established rules and regulations. SSOs are assigned to all high schools and to the Alternative School.
Security Cameras –Closed circuit video cameras are used in all schools, school buses, and property of the school division in order to support the health, welfare, and safety of all students, staff, and visitors, and to safeguard school facilities and equipment. Additional information regarding school security cameras may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (JFD).
Sex Offender Registry –Spotsylvania County Public Schools recognizes the danger that sex offenders pose to student safety. Therefore, to protect students while they travel to and from school, attend school, or are at school-related activities SCPS receives electronic notification of the registration or re-registration of any sex offender in Spotsylvania County. This information is also available to parents of each student enrolled in the school division and may be accessed at the following link: http://sex-offender.vsp.virginia.gov/sor/index.html Additional information regarding Sex Offender Registry Notification and Sex Offenders on School Property may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (KN and KNA).
Spotsylvania Crime Solvers –Spotsylvania Crime Solvers is a community program geared toward public involvement in the fight against crime. Spotsylvania Crime Solvers offers cash rewards up to $1,000.00 and anonymity to people who provide information that results in the arrest or resolution of an unsolved crime, recovery of stolen property, or seizure of illegal drugs. Most of the information received by Crime Solvers is via the telephone tip line (1-800-928-5822 or 1-800-582-5822),but the information may be also be sent via text message. Access this link for more information. http://www.spotsylvaniacrimesolvers.org/
Student Tip Line – (540-834-2549) -Students are encouraged to report crimes and other violations of standards of conduct to a school official in their school. However, if the reporting student wishes to remain anonymous, the student may utilize the Student Tip Line in order to submit the report.
Visitors – Visitors are welcome in our schools. A person wishing to visit a school or any portion of the school grounds must first report to the school’s main office or greeter’s desk and explain the purpose ofthe desired visit. When considering all such requests for visits, the school administrator shall safeguard the instructional day from distractions. Persons allowed to visit the school shall be asked to provide photo identification, state the purpose of the visit, and obtain and display a visitor identification badge that is to be worn while in the school. At the completion of the visit, the visitor shall sign out through the office or greeter’s desk and return the visitor badge. Additional information regarding School Visitors may be found in the SCPS Policy Manual (KK and KK-R).