We work every day to make our schools as safe as possible for every person who enters our doors. Our commitment to safety includes the following:
- A School Resource Officer: During the 2016-17 school year, the district launched a School Resource Officer (SRO) pilot program at the Mariemont High School, as a proactive step in the direction of safety. Our SRO, Terry Zinser, who has 37 years of experience in law enforcement and is retired as the Chief of Police for Union Township, is a uniformed Mariemont police officer assigned as a regular presence on the high school campus to provide security and crime prevention services and also serve as a problem solver, youth advocate, school and community liaison, mentor and positive role model. Click here to see the letter that was sent home to high school parents in August 2016 about this pilot program.
- Safety Drills: Our students and staff typically participate in 15 safety drills throughout the school year. We also communicate with the students in an age-appropriate manner why we are doing these drills.
- Visitor Sign In: Every visitor to a district school building during school hours must enter through the main entrance and register at the school office. If a visitor plans on visiting any part of the school other than the lobby, the visitor must sign in.
- Volunteer Background Checks: Certain volunteer positions require a full background check prior to assuming volunteer duties. In general, these are volunteers who may work unsupervised with children or any visitor who is on school property regularly and opts to register for a permanent school volunteer badge.
- Safety Reporting System: The online reporting system and the 1-866-listen2me phone system are for students and parents to report concerns which may affect the peace of mind of students or jeopardize the safety of people or school facilities.
- Emergency Training: The district requires 100% of district staff to complete basic ALICE training during the school year. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training prepares individuals to handle the threat of an intruder and lead others to safety. Local law enforcement officials also conduct one-on-one classroom safety assessments with district staff.
- Emergency Notification: Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, the district began using a notification program called SchoolMessenger in the case of an emergency. The district also utilizes standard media outlets and/or social media as well as email, the district website and the district app to inform key people in an emergency situation.
- Security Cameras: The district has dozens of digital cameras in our schools to monitor activity inside and out.
- Emergency Plans: We review and exercise our emergency plans several times each year. Programs like NaviGate, which provides a web-based system where critical information can be stored, updated and accessed by all essential school and safety personnel, make it even easier for us to have instant access to critical emergency information. We are one of the few school districts in the area to have launched this innovative and effective tool.
- Safety Task Force: During the 2015-16 school year, a Safety Task Force was tasked with reviewing district policies and practices on several safety topics. This task force, comprised of staff and parents, identified key findings, developed a variety of options and presented those key findings and options to the Mariemont Board of Education for consideration in future planning.