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SAFETY AND SECURITY

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Safety of the Whole Child

The West Clermont School District works to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all students and staff members so they can focus on being fully engaged in their schools.

Explore below for more information about our holistic approach to student safety and wellness.

Safety of the Whole Child: Physical safety, Social and emotional safety, Cyber safety, and Crisis response
  • All schools in West Clermont have an established Safety Team that meets at least quarterly.
  • All West Clermont school buildings conduct all drills (fire, safety, and shelter-in-place) required by law and by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Visitors to West Clermont schools must sign and wear a visitor badge while at the school.
  • Video cameras are used to monitor activity at all 9 schools.
  • Any volunteer with unsupervised access to students is required to pass a criminal background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
  • Any chemicals brought into a school or on school grounds must have a Safety Data Sheet.
  • The district is in compliance with Ohio's Department of Homeland Security expectations.
  • ALICE training is reviewed on an annual basis at each school.
  • School administrators and staff supervise the hallways, the cafeteria during lunch, outdoor recess, and entrances and exits during arrival and dismissal.
  • Our high school and middle school both maintain School Resource Officers during school hours.
  • Our high school and middle school both incorporate random dog searches of the buildings in coordination with local law enforcement.
  • Staff and first responders have access to online emergency preparedness solution that facilitates responding to emergency situations.
  • Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located in all school buildings.
  • Multiple staff members in every school are CPR certified on a yearly basis including all Head Custodians.
  • Local first responders visit our schools to build relationships with our students.
  • All PreK-12th grade students have access to the Wolves Wellness Center, a school-based health center at WCMS that is run in partnership with HealthSource of Ohio that offers medical, optical, dental, and behavioral health services.
  • All school buildings have health clinics that are operated by Health Clinic Assistants and/or School Nurse and supervised by the District Nurse.
  • Multiple staff members in every school are trained and certified on a yearly basis in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention.
  • Transportation Department maintains high standards for recruiting, hiring, and training school bus drivers.
  • Bus drivers and students annually review and practice evacuation safety drills.
  • All West Clermont staff remembers complete online safety training on an annual basis.
  • Bullying and hazing activities of any type are prohibited and students, staff, parents, and community members are encouraged to report any incident of harassment, intimidation, or bullying on the district website.
  • The district incorporates social-emotional, bullying-prevention, and leadership programs at all levels, including:
  • Caring School Community program implemented K-8.
  • Hope Squads at West Clermont Middle School and West Clermont High School
  • WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) at West Clermont Middle School to facilitate the transition from 5th to 6th grade
  • Link Crew at West Clermont High School to facilitate the transition from 8th to 9th grade
  • Select staff members at each school completed threat assessment training through the Ohio Department of Education and Sandy Hook Promise.
  • ​​When necessary, the district also uses the Columbia - Suicide Severity Rating Scale and Child Focus Mobile Crisis Team
  • Through our partnership with Child Focus, West Clermont Middle School incorporated the Signs of Suicide Program.
  • Services from Qualified Mental Health Specialists from Child Focus are available for all students at every school.
  • The Wolves Wellness Center has a therapist available for students through our partnership with Child Focus.
  • The district maintains a Cyber Incident Response Plan to provide guidance in the event of a Cyber incident. As part of this plan, Response Teams exist for each building as well as at the district level. These teams stand ready to respond when activated.
  • The district is a member of the Ohio Chapter of the Student Data Privacy Consortium, a collection of school districts focused on student data privacy concerns.
  • Internet content filtering is used to protect staff and students from inappropriate and harmful online content while at school.
  • Firewall services to protect staff and students from external malicious activity.
  • The district employs 24/7 monitoring and content filtering for student devices in the One-to-Wolf program while both on and off-campus.
  • Anti-virus and anti-malware programs to protect staff and students' user accounts from being compromised.
  • The district has developed Cyber Incident Response Plans should an event occur to ensure minimal disruption to teaching and learning.
  • The district has implemented multi-factored authentication for all staff members.
  • The district has increased efforts to mitigate a network cyber attack.
  • West Clermont maintains open and direct communication with all jurisdictions within the district including the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, Union Township Police Department, Union Township Fire Department, Pierce Township Fire Department, Pierce Township Police Department, the Central Joint Fire-EMS District, and the Clermont County Emergency Management Agency.
  • School and district administrators participate in tabletop exercises using hypothetical scenarios to plan for a variety of situations.
  • West Clermont personnel are trained using the Traumatic Event Crisis Intervention Plan. TECIP is a school-based framework designed to meet the emotional and psychological needs of students and staff in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
  • All West Clermont schools have created and routinely update comprehensive Emergency Operations Plans that outline the plans and procedures the school would use in the event of an emergency, including plans for communication and reunification with families.

West Clermont Board of Education Anti Bullying/Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the West Clermont Board of Education to maintain an education and work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful harassment and bullying including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all School District operations, programs and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment or bullying. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board.

West Clermont Board of Education Restraint and Seclusion/PBIS Policy

The West Clermont Board of Education is committed to the district wide use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with students and the establishment of a school environment focused on the care, safety, and welfare of all students and staff members. Student personnel shall work to prevent the need for the use of restraint and/or seclusion. PBIS shall serve as the foundation for the creation of a learning environment that promotes the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions, thus enhancing academic and social behavioral outcomes for all students. An emphasis shall be placed on promoting positive interventions and solutions to potential conflicts. PBIS emphasizes prevention of student behavior problems through the use of non-aversive techniques, which should greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the need to use restraint and/or seclusion.

Professional staff members and support staff determined appropriate by the Superintendent are permitted to physically restrain and/or seclude a student, but only when there is immediate risk of physical harm to the student and/or others, there is no other safe and effective intervention possible, and the physical restraint or seclusion is used in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate and protects the safety of all children and adults at school.

All restraint and seclusion shall only be done in accordance with this policy, which is based on the standards adopted by the State Board of Education regarding the use of student restraint and seclusion.

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