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Safety & Security

December 01, 2017
By Heather Souders

Here at Calvin, we take your child's safety seriously. We are always on the lookout for ways to help make the campus a safe and more secure learning environment.

Last month, all CCS employees were required to take active shooter training through the ALICE Training Institute. The ALICE Training Institute teaches proactive strategies to improve the chances of survival during an active shooter event. 

In addition to the ALICE certification, our teachers and staff are CPR and First Aid certified. Our students review and rehearse emergency procedures for fire, earthquake and active shooter situations. Students also review procedures for stranger on campus situations.

Our administration meets at the start of each new school year to update emergency plans, assigning various roles and responsibilities to staff so we are best prepared to act swiftly in an emergency. Our safety procedures include a thorough plan for extra-curricular events, such as football, basketball and other after school activities.

In our preschool facility, all of the entry/exit doors have been fitted with “The Sleeve” by Fighting Chance Solutions. These devices ensure that the door can be quickly locked without a key and without going outside to lock the door.  Over the past couple of years, we’ve added cameras across both campuses, installed locked entry gates to the elementary campus, and added phones with paging systems in each elementary classroom. This coming summer, 2018, the junior high and high school campus will receive new fencing and an entry way.

How can our parents/community best help if part or all of the school is in an emergency situation? First of all, please do not call us. As soon as it is safe, we will call you. Incoming calls take away from our ability to take care of our first priority - the safety of our students. As soon as we are able to, we will get updates to you through our website, email, and phone calls. Secondly, please don’t come to campus.  Coming to school may put you or your child at great risk. Extra people coming to the school can distract first responders from their primary job – student safety. Instead, check our website, twitter feed, your email, or your phone for information and instructions.

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