About Department of Safety, Security, & Risk Management
The administrators and staff of Stafford County Public Schools are very conscientious with protecting your children. We will do everything rationally feasible to protect them against any threat that may arise while they are in our care. In this letter, I have included various examples of our commitment in providing a safe learning environment for everyone involved in our educational system.
The Stafford County Public School system continues to be proactive when it comes to protecting and providing safety & security for our students and staff. The Virginia Board of Education has established that safety in our schools is at the highest priority. With these uncertain times, it is important that the community and our parents know that our schools are ready in the event of an emergency or crisis.
The Department of Safety, Security & Risk Management work closely with state and local emergency management, health and law enforcement agencies that plan our community’s response to potential threats. Our school system’s safety and emergency procedures are drafted to be consistent with all our local emergency preparedness plans.
The Department of Safety, Security & Risk Management provides the first level of safety support for our schools. Each high school has a full time Sheriff’s Resource Officer and several security officers. There are also Sheriff’s Resource Officers designated to our middle schools and support our elementary schools, as needed. Additionally, Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. Deputies conduct daily classes at our elementary schools. A First Sergeant from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, oversees the entire Resource Protection Program and works closely with our Safety, Security & Risk Management Director, Greg Martin, to provide additional deputy support for our schools, when required.
All Stafford County Public Schools have been provided with crisis emergency plans that provide step-by-step guidelines for how principals, administrators, employees should respond to a wide variety of critical incident scenarios ranging from tornadoes, fires, intruders, weapons to biological threats. These emergency plans are regularly reviewed and updated, and schools practice response drills several times during the year.
Entry and exit from our schools are restricted. Parents and others visiting our schools must stop at the main office and receive a temporary identification badge before proceeding. Additionally, as a safety precaution, only exterior doors that are monitored can be opened from the outside.The actions taken during a crisis emergency situation will depend greatly on the specifics of the incident. Before decisions are made, many factors are considered such as how many schools are impacted, the proximity of the incident to schools, and the severity or danger level of the threat. Responses to safety threat may range from placing school staff on a heightened state of alert to a full school lockdown, or from a temporary evacuation to early dismissal. Flexibility in the event of an emergency is a key component of each school’s plan.We know that a student’s psychological welfare is important, therefore, Stafford County Public Schools is prepared to offer comfort and psychological support to students and staff in the event of a crisis. Psychologists and social workers, trained and experienced in dealing with children facing trauma, will be deployed as needed in any crisis. If, at any time, your child shows signs of excessive stress, or needs additional emotional support, please do not hesitate to speak with his or her teacher, counselor, or principal.If you have questions about your child’s safety, please contact your principal or refer to the resources provided by the Stafford County Public Schools’ Department of Safety, Security & Risk Management.