School Safety & Security
After the school tragedy in Newtown, Conn., the natural reaction for most parents is, what are my children's schools doing to keep them safe. With our normal security plans in place, Livingston Public Schools are, and remain, a safe place for learning.
Police officers are in our buildings for daily walk-throughs for general safety checks, and are present during the monthly drills. We will continue to work with the Livingston Police and Fire Departments to make sure that our plans are as seamless and thorough as possible.
We encourage parents to update all their contact information. Should a school emergency occur, our Alert System would provide the most reliable information on any out-of-the ordinary school event.
- A crisis response team with selected members who have participated in training to ensure appropriate response on a variety of potential school emergencies, including medical emergencies.
- All exteriors school doors are locked; front doors are locked with buzzer/intercom systems.
- Security video camera systems are placed strategically inside and outside each school building.
- Emergency radios to receive updates on emergencies and facilitate communication in crises.
- Visitors sign-in and wear an I.D. badge.
- All principals and key administrators have cell phones in order to assist in emergency communications.
STAFF TRAINING FOR EMERGENCIES
EMERGENCY CONTACTS IN STARS
The Alert Now system is used most often for weather-related messages, however, when deemed necessary by the Superintendent of Schools, you will receive either a phone call, an email or both, with important information.
It is vital that you log into your STARS account @ https://stars.livingston.org and be sure that you have checked off the box for "Emergency Broadcast" for any phone numbers and email addresses at which you wish to be notified in these instances. Please be sure to verify this important information for each child attending the Livingston Public Schools.
COMMUNICATIONS DURING A SCHOOL EMERGENCY
During an emergency, it is critical that parents receive important information from school officials before going to the school or scene of an emergency. You can be confident that accurate and timely information will be released to parents, the public, and the media during any significant emergencies.
Should a significant school emergency occur, a parent can get important information and directions by doing one or all of the following:
- Check your e-mail for an Alert Now message.
- Visit the homepage of the Livingston Public School website.
- Tune into the local television, radio stations, and online media for news alerts.
If the school building is evacuated or is locked down, how will I be able to locate my child?
Communicate with your child at their age level about being prepared for emergencies. This includes taking drills, such as fire drills, seriously. It also includes reporting when unidentified visitors are on school property or reporting anything that is out of the ordinary or unusual in the school day to an adult at school.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
Over the weekend, Livingston administrators worked to make the return to school for our students will be as calming and reassuring a time as it can be under the circumstances. Principals will review their safety protocols and counseling plans with staffs.
On Monday, Livingston High School and the middle schools will begin the day with a moment of silence, followed by normal instruction. Teachers do not plan to have any formal lessons about this event, but will respond to questions if the children raise them. The focus will be on reassuring the children that they are safe and allaying their fears.
The partnership between home and school is more important than ever at this time.We recognize that our students may experience a range of emotions or uncertainty because of this tragedy and will turn to the adults in their life for information, support and a sense of security.
To assist them, the school counselors in each of our schools will reassure all students that the adults in their lives are doing everything they can to make their school environment, home, and neighborhood safe for them. Our teachers and school counselors will monitor student's emotions and be available for any child who may have special needs throughout the week.
Livingston Public Schools will continue to enforce security measures, monitor and evaluate our plans.