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School Safety

CSCSHC is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students and staff. The district works closely with our School Resource Officers (SROs). All of our are trained police officers. SROs are in CSCSHC school buildings each and every day.

All doors in our district are locked during the school day. Visitors to any CSCSHC school are required to buzz in at the front entrance, provide a government-issued photo ID, and wear a visitor badge at all times while in the building.

All staff and students have received training on how and when to report suspicious activity to the proper authorities. Those reports can be made anonymously by any community member using this form

Per Indiana law, the district and each school have a safety plan specifically tailored for their individual needs. These plans have been carefully vetted by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. These plans have been communicated to all CSCSHC staff. The specific situations in the plan are routinely drilled by staff and students. Also per Indiana law, CSCSHC has a Safety Committee, comprised of administrators from each building and local law enforcement officers. This committee meets regularly to discuss, vet, and adjust these plans in the best interest of student safety.

Additionally, a number of district and building-level administrators are members of the Hancock County Safety Commission. This commission is made up of all four Hancock County schools and a number of local and county-level government agencies, including police, fire, emergency management, judges, prosecutor, and state-level Department of Education officials. The existence of this commission allows all county agencies to discuss and formulate response plans for any number of emergency situations.

Each school administrator and front office also possesses a two-way radio, which allows them to immediately communicate with our SROs and local law enforcement.

NOTE: A number of specific policies and procedures connected to student safety are required to remain private in the interest of keeping our students safe. If you have questions about safety in CSCSHC, please contact Safety Director Miles Hercamp at merhcamp@newpal.k12.in.us.