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! (If you see or hear it, report it!) 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.
Resources"Making Schools Safer," U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Secret Service, 2/2018Net Cetera's "Chatting with Kids About Being Online."Bullying Prevention: http://www.stopbullying.gov/
- In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
- Use the "Contact Us" tab on this website to report a safety concern.
- KS School Safety Hotline: 1-877-626-8203 (For anonymous reporting of safety concerns)
- 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 their 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 1,850 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 improve these procedures.
- An automated notification system for emergency communication.
- Board of Education policies and school rules 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.
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 their 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.