The safety and security of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to the Loveland Board of Education and Loveland City School District Administration. We have compiled a summary of some of our district safety measures to provide the Tiger Family with some detail about the breadth and depth of our emergency plans and procedures.
A Comprehensive District Safety Program
Each building is equipped with an individual, comprehensive safety plan that is reviewed annually. During the 2015-16 school year, the district implemented a web-based system storing and updating critical district information called NaviGate
, linking Loveland’s Safety Center directly to our district emergency system for efficient and effective response. The district continually works with police/fire to stay up-to-date. Additionally, the district initiated ALICE training
for the entire staff. Loveland Schools has partnered with the ALICE Training Institute for many years, and regularly offers training courses also for external organizations.
Standard Procedures to ProtectAcross the district, visitors to our buildings will find standard safety procedures in place. Doors are locked during school hours, visitors are buzzed in while being monitored by cameras, and all visitors sign in and out. Practice drills for various types of emergencies are planned with local emergency responders and scheduled throughout the school year. New measures, equipment, and interventions are researched, evaluated and implemented as appropriate.
Regular Review of Procedures
Our District Safety Committee includes representatives from all buildings, and each building has its own building-level safety team. The entire District Safety Committee meets three times during the school year to provide for ongoing conversation about how the district can improve safety measures. An internal working group meets every month that the entire committee does not. Members of the District Safety Committee also serve on the District Crisis Team that responds – as needed – during crisis situations.
School Resource Officers
A fulltime resource officer resides during school hours at our Loveland Intermediate School/Loveland Middle School campus; this officer is a part of all building- and district-level safety discussions. There is also a full time school resource officer (SRO) who resides at our Loveland High School who provides safety consultations for staff and students, physical and mental health safety and security, and leadership on the LHS campus. A district safety manager coordinates safety measures throughout the district.
The District Anti-Bullying Committee works to develop programs to be implemented at the building level. The district-wide My Voice, My Choice
program is a key component in developing a culture of kindness amongst our students from Loveland Early Childhood Center to Loveland High School. The CHIL and Spectrum Clubs are other examples of ongoing efforts to reach out to all students to help them feel accepted and safe at school.
The district has mentoring programs (Pathfinders, LAMP
, LINK Crew and the ambassador program) which focus on making students feel more included and have a role model encourage making good choices. Each building has an attendance committee that identifies students who have attendance issues - which can be a sign of disconnect from school. We reach out to these students and families offering resources and connection.
We partner with The Children’s Home of Cincinnati to provide on-site therapy to our students who need and qualify for these services. Through Children’s Home, an on-site behavioral clinical nurse practioner is available to see many of these students on a regular basis for medical management, which also serves as a valuable resource for families.
During the 2014-15 school year, the district formed a task force in partnership with the Loveland community to begin the research process that would ultimately culminate into the Loveland Drug Task Force and the investment in a student survey to collect data on real student alcohol and drug use. Conducted by Prevention First, the PRIDE survey included a total of 633 seventh and eighth grade students and 1,146 ninth through twelfth grade students attending Loveland City Schools who took a questionnaire between September and November 2015. The task force used information from the survey to provide targeted education around the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and that collaborative effort is ongoing but under a new name - the Loveland Drug Task Force is now Loveland Educating Against Alcohol and Drugs (LEAAD). We have build a strong cohort of LEAAD Youth Ambassadors from grades 7 through 12.
There is ongoing AED and CPR training for identified staff and coaches by our Health Services.
Hope Squad, an evidence-based peer-to-peer program that helps to recognize warning signs of suicide, interacts and supports fellow students who may be struggling, works with staff who are trained to professionally respond to such situations, and enhances the health and safety measures already in place at the school. In addition to Hope Squads at Loveland Middle and High Schools, Loveland implemented the first Junior Hope Squad in the State of Ohio at the Intermediate School in 2019.