Comprehensive Safety, Security, Risk and Emergency Management Plan

Arlington Public Schools strives to be the leader in public school education safety, security, risk and emergency management practices. Committed to a continuous cycle of improvement, our comprehensive safety, security, risk and emergency management plan outlines our current commitments (practices) and improvements we are dedicated to. Developed in a unique framework consisting of Preparedness and Response, Infrastructure and Personnel, and Behavior and Mental Health, the plan website is updated with improvement completion dates, new initiatives, and enhancements to facilities quarterly.

Preparedness and Response – A commitment to ensure accurate and timely communication and training are available to all employees of Arlington Public Schools in order to best serve the students and families attending an Arlington public school.
Commitments

Number Title Description
1 School Resource Officers All high school and middle school facilities to have a full-time school resource officer.
2 Crisis Management Team All school facilities to have a trained crisis management team.
3 Emergency Management Plan Develop and distribute an emergency management plan and procedures manual to all school facilities.
4 Public Safety Collaboration Arlington Public Schools as a division collaborates on the development of procedures with Arlington County Police and Arlington County Fire & Rescue Department.
5 Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) An agreement with Arlington County Police was signed by Arlington Public Schools outlining the support and approach law enforcement will take in securing school facilities.
6 Training Training is provided at all levels of employees to ensure that individuals feel comfortable with their role in an emergency.
7 Exercise Arlington Public Schools is committed to conducting practice drills of emergency procedures with each individual school and as a school division.

Improvements

Number Title Description Target Completion
1 Training A comprehensive safety, security, and emergency management training program to be developed for all employees. 12/31/2019
2 Policies and Plans Continuous improvement on lessons learned helps improve Arlington Public Schools preparedness and response policies and plans. On-going

Infrastructure and Personnel – A commitment to state of the art security and safety mechanisms (e.g., door locks, digital cameras, access control, etc…) and the employment of personnel with the expertise in safety, security, and emergency management.
Commitments

Number Title Description
1 Secure Buildings All school facilities perimeter doors remain locked and checked regularly
2 Access Control Provided where appropriate electronic access that restricts the entrance of individuals into school facilities.
3 Key Access Provided where appropriate physical hard key access that restricts the entrance and access of individuals into school facilities.
4 Communications Arlington Public Schools are able to communicate inside and outside of school property with Arlington County Police and Arlington Fire & Rescue personnel.
5 Security Cameras Replacement of all older model security cameras has been completed and access is provided during emergencies to public safety officials.
6 Transportation Security All Arlington Public School buses are equipped with cameras and at a minimum of three. New buses are purchased with a five camera system and standardized with our design and procurement standards.
7 Transportation Security Many Arlington Public School buses are equipped with stop arm cameras to assist Arlington County Police with enforcement of school safety.

Improvements

Number Title Description Target Completion
1 Visitor Management Evaluate a uniform visitor management system for each school facility and its location. 12/2018
2 Visitor Management Purchase and install a uniform visitor management system for each school facility as determined through evaluation. On-going
3 Access Control Swipe card access points are being evaluated and installed as appropriate on relocatable classrooms. 10/2018
4 Key Access Installation of additional key access security in instructional classroom. 10/2018
5 Relocatable Buildings Swipe card access points are being evaluated and installed as appropriate on relocatable classrooms. 12/31/2018
6 Personnel An emergency management professional, certified by the international association of emergency management was hired. 08/01/2018
7 Security Cameras Evaluation of security camera placement of new security cameras is being conducted at each school. On-going
8 Design Standards Capital design standards are being changed in capital projects scheduled for Yorktown and Career Center in the placement and access of the school through a central office. On-going

Behavior and Mental Health Support – A commitment to providing the social and emotional learning experience for all students and families attending an Arlington public school.
Commitments

Number Title Description
1 Threat Assessment Team The school division has a trained threat assessment team compromised of school administration, safety and security professionals, law enforcement, human resources and behavior/mental health professionals.
2 Social and Emotional Learning Framework A prevention effort focused on a tiered approach to interventions focusing on student’ social and emotional needs.
3 Crisis Counseling Teams Behavioral and mental health professionals at each school and subsequent back-up school operate in a team based approach during a crisis to support students.
4 School Based Professionals Staff focused on the behavioral and mental health of the whole child are placed at each school. Focusing on a range of topics from social work, substance abuse, etc…

Improvements

Number Title Description Target Completion
1 Threat Asseessment Training Training to identify and report threats and the appropriate initial interventions to assessed threats. August 2018
2 Social Emotional Learning Framework Coordinated prevention working group developed to work on Social and Emotional Learning services and support delivered through the ATSS Model. On-going
3 Crisis Counseling Teams Update to crisis counseling team procedures and processes including the deployment of staff from alternate and feeder schools to a crisis location. On-going
4 Expertise of Professionals Maintain a list of all staff their role and responsibilities including applicable licensure in behavior and mental health. On-going