Part of being ready for school means making sure buildings and staff are ready for what the new year holds. Over the summer, the Loveland City School District took several measures to improve safety and security for student and staff in the schools. These updates include:
• Improved rapid room number identification on all exterior windows as needed by first responders.
• Equipping all classrooms with an additional locking device, allowing the door to be quickly secured from the inside so all classroom doors can be locked at any time.
• On-the-spot legal identification sign-in software for visitors to the buildings. All visitors, including parents, will need to provide a legal form of identification that will be scanned, and will then be provided with a sticker to be worn at all times in the building. The sticker will contain a photo ID and intended destination while in the building.
• An on-site, full-time school resource officer (SRO). In partnership with the Loveland Police, Officer Jesse Moore will serve the school district in this official capacity. In addition to being available for safety needs, Moore will provide educational programs for students in areas such as social media awareness, Fourth Amendment rights, general laws and driving regulations, and overall safety for students, staff and visitors on the Loveland High School (LHS) campus. Mr. Barnes, retired policer officer, will continue to serve Loveland Middle School and Intermediate School as SRO. Mr. Almond also returns to support the safety of students at LHS.
"Adding Officer Moore to the team at Loveland High School is a win for all students and staff,” said Assistant Principal Matthew Buis. “Jesse takes a great deal of pride in his duties of mentoring our students and keeping staff and students safe. He is a perfect fit because of his ability to build positive relationships with the students, the staff and the parents."
Additionally, the district regularly practices ALICE (active shooter civilian response training for teachers, staff and students) and the District Safety Committee continues to implement ongoing assessments and long-term planning of safety improvements.
Mental health and safety are also priorities. The district has entered a new partnership with Hope Squad
a school-based, peer-to-peer suicide prevention program that empowers students and staff with knowledge to identify at-risk behaviors for suicide as well as how to encourage peers to seek help from a trusted adult. Advisor training, general staff training and student ambassador identification/training will be completed this fall, with an anticipated launch of the model in January 2019.
Loveland Schools Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse emphasizes that the safety of students and staff remains the district’s number one priority: “I am thrilled that we have been able to implement these safety measures over the summer in preparation for the new school year, but our work is ongoing to ensure that we always strive for the most innovative and integrated school safety technologies to keep our Tigers safe. Comprehensive facility upgrades will be needed before we can address some aspects of safety and security in our buildings.”
Article posted on August 27, 2018.