Student safety will always be the first priority of the Lawrence Public Schools. It is important to maintain open lines of communication between home and school. Sharing information is the best prevention measure! Encourage your student to contact an adult at school about any safety concerns. If you have a concern, please contact your student's school principal.
Online ResourcesBullying Prevention: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
- In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
- KS School Safety Hotline: 1-877-626-8203 (For anonymous reporting of safety concerns)
- Lawrence/Douglas County Crime Stoppers (843-T-I-P-S)
- Headquarters Counseling Center: 785/841-2345 (24-hour crisis support hotline)
- KS Bullying Prevention Hotline: 1-800-CHILDREN (For anonymous reporting of bullying)
Parents Guide to Internet Safety: https://www2.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htmInternet Safety: http://www.ikeepsafe.org/
Digital Citizenship: http://www.safekids.com/
NetSmartz (Elementary Resources): https://www.netsmartz.org/TrendsandTopics
Wired Safety (Secondary Resources): https://www.wiredsafety.org/
Safe Teens: http://www.safeteens.com/
When we hear about violence at a school or anywhere else it naturally raises concerns for the safety of our own family members and friends. The staff of Lawrence Public Schools is a family, one that takes to heart the trust that families place in us to take care of your children while they are at school as if they were our own. There is no higher priority for us than the safety of our students and staff.
Some of the safety and security measures we have in place and in use on a daily basis:
- Nearly 2,000 well-trained, professional and caring employees who build positive relationships with students by getting to know them and understanding their individual needs.
- Strong relationships and open communication with school families.
- District and school crisis plans, including specific procedures for lock-out and lockdown responses to unsafe activity near or inside our buildings.
- Regular safety drills, during which students and staff practice and refine these procedures.
- An automated notification system for emergency communication.
- School rules and Board of Education policies that identify expectations and consequences.
- Strong partnerships with local law enforcement and fire/medical services, including the involvement of representatives from each organization in our crisis planning.
- School Resource Officers at the high schools, who also provide support at the elementary and middle schools on an as-needed basis, and security staff at each high school.
- Secure entries at all schools with visitor sign-in procedures and badges.
- A district staff badge identification system.
- Internal and external surveillance cameras.
- Local law enforcement training conducted in our facilities.
This is not an exhaustive list, and we understand that no matter how much we plan, we cannot prepare for every scenario. We must rely on every member of our school community playing a part by being aware of what’s going on around them, looking out for one another, and reporting anything that seems suspicious or that concerns us. We appreciate your partnership in helping us ensure our schools are safe, positive places for children to learn.
The Kansas Legislature changed its requirements related to the frequency of safety drills. Our schools this year will practice four fire drills, three tornado drills, and nine additional crisis drills, including lockdown, lock-out, evacuation, and other emergency procedures.
In the 2018-19 school year, we also will expand our crisis procedures as they relate to lockdowns. We have started by training a team of administrators who will, in turn, train all of our staff, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence and First Student staff. This new procedure will teach our staff and students the ALICE system. Our schools will conduct ALICE drills to familiarize students and staff with these skills.
What Does ALICE mean?
Get the word out that a threat exists using clear, concise language to convey the type and specific location of the threat. Listen carefully to any directions given.
Find a safe place away from the threat, lock the door, and barricade the entry.
Continue to update information in clear and concise language to convey the type and specific location of the threat, describing the intruder and the intruder's actions.
Faced with a direct threat, apply skills learned in training to distract, confuse, cause chaos, and escape to safety.
As soon as it is safe to do so, evacuate.
ALICE uses technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis and remove as many people as possible from danger. ALICE provides realistic training so that those involved have a better chance of making decisions to protect their safety in the face of a threat.
During ALICE training and practice drills, we will teach students and staff multiple tools to use in order to evade an armed intruder/active shooter. We will NOT ask students or staff to make any attempt to subdue an armed intruder. Information shared will be age-appropriate.
Younger students need constant reminders of safe practices, much like we already do for stranger danger, and tornado and fire drills. Parents can reinforce with young children at home:
- There are people of all types that may wish them harm.
- Look for community helpers: teachers, neighbors, police officers, etc. when faced with a problem.
- The importance of following the teacher’s directions.
- There are many solutions and options when faced with a problem.
- You are smart and capable of protecting yourself if you learn and practice these skills.
- Self-confidence comes from trying things that are hard or new and getting better each time.
- Explain the different safety drills (Fire, Tornado, Evacuation, Lockdown, and ALICE) and what they mean.
- Practice what you would do at home in the event of a tornado, fire or stranger danger.