One of our greatest responsibilities is to provide for the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors. Establishing a safe and orderly environment ensures the greatest opportunity for positive individual development and success in student learning. We constantly strive to enhance our safety and security initiatives through open communication, strong community partnerships, progressive policies and procedures, and proactive action by our staff.
The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for the development and implementation of system wide safety and security programs and initiatives that enhance the overall safety and security of all SMCPS school campuses and supporting office sites. Developing, refining and implementing a comprehensive safety and security plan is the cornerstone for the department. There are three critical pillars that serve as the foundation for the department’s safety and security plan. They are the implementation of physical security measures, ensuring the campus environment and culture embrace the importance of safety and security, and a sustained community engagement.
The department’s focus is to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors. The department collaborates with staff, many departments, and supporting community partners to develop, refine, and implement safety and security initiatives to include daily school security measures, emergency preparedness and response plans, school employee and volunteer background screening, prevention programs, community outreach and educational programming, new facility development, and existing facility enhancements.
The Department of Safety and Security maintains a strategic plan prioritizing existing safety and security initiatives and enhancements. Maintaining and improving safety and security within all schools greatly increases the efficiency and effectiveness of each school. The strategic plan identifies the major functions, responsibilities, and primary focus areas for the department.