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School Safety

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: The mission of the SRO Program is to promote school safety by building a positive school climate in which everyone feels safe and students are supported to succeed.  The SRO Program also seeks to reduce violent crime committed by and against youth in our community. The SRO Program accomplishes this mission by supporting safe, secure, and orderly learning environments for students, teachers and staff. SROs will establish a trusting channel of communication with students, parents, and teachers and establish regular feedback opportunities.   The role of the SRO is not to enforce school discipline or punish students.  SROs will serve as positive role models to instill in students’ good moral standards, good judgment and discretion, respect for other students, and a sincere concern for the school community. SROs will provide information on community resources available to students and parents. Goals and objectives are designed to develop and enhance rapport between youth, families, police officers, school administrators, and the community in order to promote overall student achievement and success.

SRO Questions & Concerns
If you have a concern or complaint about the SRO, please fill out this form. The school administration and Mariemont Police Department will be notified.

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School Safety

  • Safety Drills: Our students and staff participate in at least one safety drill per month per school building. Included in these drills are:
    • Fire/emergency evacuation
    • Lockdown
    • Tornado
    • Bomb threat
    • Shelter in place
  • 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. Both resources are monitored 24/7.
  • Emergency Training: The district continually works with our four local police departments (Hamilton County, Fairfax, Mariemont and Terrace Park) to provide safety training to staff.
  • Emergency Notification: The district uses a notification program called SchoolMessenger in the case of an emergency. The system utilizes text and email notifications instantaneously, thus increasing the likelihood that our parents and staff receive crucial information in a timely manner. 
  • Security Cameras: The district has hundreds of digital cameras in our schools to monitor activity inside and out. All cameras throughout the district are connected to a monitoring system directly linked to the district’s School Resource Officer, who is on site at the high school.
  • Visitor Check-In: All district school buildings use the Raptor School Security System, a computerized check-in system that screens visitors for sex offender status, alerts staff of custody violations and provides districtwide reporting on all visitors.
  • Secure Entrances: All district school buildings include a safety vestibule at the entrance and all front offices are secure from the rest of the building.
  • Wayfinding: In 2020, the renovated Mariemont High School opened, which was constructed with safety in mind with straight hallways for easy sightlines and wayfinding.
  • Emergency Plans: 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 easy for us to have instant access to critical emergency information. We have developed an Emergency Operations Plan for each building in collaboration with Homeland Security.
  • Mental Health Counseling: Mariemont City Schools has a robust mental health counseling program available to students at all four schools with four Child Focus therapists working solely with our district. Included in this initiative is our Signs of Suicide program, completed every year for our eighth, 10th and 12th grade students.
  • Threat Assessments: All building administrators and counselors have been trained in evidenced-based school threat assessment through the Sandy Hook Promise. School threat assessment is intended to prevent violence by determining whether a student’s behavior poses a threat of violence to others and how to develop an appropriate, individualized plan to intervene.