School Resource Officers (SROs) in schools are trained for emergencies, and the staff knows to contact law enforcement anytime there is a perceived threat to safety and security.
Student mental health and support staff are always available, including counselors, psychologists, social work and partnerships for school-based mental health services. Parents can contact school staff if they notice disturbing changes in behavior or think their children may need mental/emotional support for any reason.
All schools are required to create and update a safety plan to be activated in an emergency. While the staff is trained to implement this plan, specific details in these plans are kept confidential to ensure maximum security effectiveness.
Lock-down drills are conducted twice annually and evaluated for improvement. Students and staff practice emergency procedures to block access to rooms. Learn about lockdowns.
Closed campuses at all schools with exterior access doors locked and admittance controlled. Violations should be reported to school staff. Building security features:
Secured doors, main entry buzz-in and camera systems at all schools.
Fencing around school grounds.
Future school buildings are planned with security vestibules at the entrance.
Lobby area technology (Lobby Guard) provides background screening for all visitors, volunteers and guests, alerting staff when persons who should not be on campus attempt to be admitted.
Access for students grades 6-12 to the Say Something Anonymous Reporting system, including an app, website and 800 number, for submitting tips about possible threats to schools or students who may harm themselves.
Active survival instruction and training by a specialized CMSPD Instructor yearly for all CMS staff and employees.