At Eaton Rapids Public Schools the safety of our students is one of our top priorities. We are proud of the strong safety practices in place in our District and the continuous review and enhancements put in place on an ongoing basis to ensure that we are doing all that we can to protect our students and staff.We have strong safety practices in place including the following:
- Our emergency management plan has been in place and continues to be updated with local law enforcement and/or recommendations from the county, state and national authorities.
- All exterior doors are locked, except for the front entrance into the school office area.
- Each school is designed to direct all outside visitors to check-in with a staff member at arrival.
- All outside visitors are required to sign in at the office at all schools.
- All classrooms are equipped with telephones.
- Radio-controlled walkie-talkies are used throughout the buildings.
- All schools have security cameras inside and outside of the buildings capturing images of entryways.
- Buses are equipped with cameras.
- All buildings are equipped with emergency generators.
- Our district requires that each school routinely practice safety drills throughout the year. Reviews of drills are used to revise and refine our practices.
What is Shelter-in-Place?
Shelter-in-place is initiated when school officials believe there is some type of emergency that does not directly impact the interior of the school. Shelter-in-place is typically used when police are engaged in an operation nearby outside of the school, or when a national disaster has been declared. The goal is to keep students and staff safe and indoors. During a shelter-in-place staff and students are instructed to stay inside their classrooms. This measure is designed to prevent anyone from entering the rooms from outside. Windows will be shut, locked, and covered with blinds to obscure visibility, and people are encouraged to stay away from doors and windows. Normal movement for change of classes does occur.
Access to Students during Shelter-In-Place
For many parents, your first instinct will be to come to the school to check on your child or take him or her home. However, to ensure the safety of our students during the brief Shelter-In-Place period, doors will not be opened to anyone. As a parent, we recognize how hard this is. Please know that this action is based on the best advice and counsel we have from all local, state, and national law enforcement officials.
A school lockdown occurs when there is a threat or potential threat to staff or student safety in the area. Most often, this is due to police activity unrelated to the school, but in the vicinity. In a lockdown, the school is closed to all visitors, and students are supervised indoors.
Access to Students during Lockdowns
During a school lockdown, parents are strongly encouraged not to come to the school, due to the heightened risk and should only attempt to arrive at the school after a lockdown has been lifted. Should an emergency response be called for, it’s important that emergency vehicles be able to reach the campus quickly and easily. Parents who attempt to come to the school may obstruct emergency vehicles’ access and even endanger themselves, or their children.
We thank you for your continued support and assistance in keeping all of our children safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your building principal.