District Safety Forum: coming in April!
The Rush-Henrietta Central School District is scheduled to host their annual district safety forum on Tuesday, April 29th from 6:30-8pm in the high school cafeteria.
* Watch for more information and the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions in the Thought Exchange. Contact Chris Barker, Director of Student Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 359-5048 with any questions.
The Rush-Henrietta Central School District and the District Safety Committee hosted an open forum March 6, 2018. On behalf of the entire district, we would like to thank everyone who attended. The event was such a success that we have decided to hold it each year. The district and members of the District Safety Committee are reviewing the feedback and suggestions provided during that meeting.
Based on feedback from the District Safety Forum in March 2018, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School implemented new entry procedures in April 2018. Moving forward, school officials will open only Door 5 (west side entrance with the ramp heading toward the cafeteria) at 5:30 am. At 6:30 am, we will open Door 3 (main entrance in front of school). Please be advised so you know to drop off as close to Door 3 or Door 5 as possible, as these are the only two doors that will be open to students for arrival. Parents may continue to drop off students on the east side (the side of the school closest to Pinnacle Road) but students will need to walk to Door 3 for entry to the building.
In addition to Safety Week, Rush-Henrietta routinely holds special training events with its community partners. For example, in May 2018, the district simulated a chemical explosion on the second floor of the high school near the science wing. Fake smoke filled the hallways and the Henrietta Fire District (pictured) was summoned to the scene. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and CHS Mobile Integrated Health Care (formerly known as Henrietta Ambulance) also were involved.
This exercise provided emergency responders with an opportunity to practice their protocols for responding to a chemical fire and clearing the area. At the same time, district employees were able to think through what they would do - and in what order they would do it - in the event of a true emergency. After students returned to class, there was a debriefing session to talk about what went well and what could be improved upon in the future. Many thanks to our community's emergency responders for partnering with us!
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office held active-shooter emergency response training for Rush-Henrietta employees on Monday, June 25. The goal was to enhance preparedness and survivability when threats/situations arise that needs a response. The event features a cognitive-training session, which will last 90 minutes. Topics include preparing physically and mentally to respond to an active-shooter incident; what staff members and students should expect during the first five minutes; what to do when law enforcement arrives on scene; a review of the Run, Hide, Fight strategy; and follow-up management. That will be followed with hands-on training that will be offered at three stations for 45 minutes per station. The stations will focus on barricading in public places, defensive tactics, and emergency first aid. The Sheriff's Office did a smaller training with district administrators in May to test the training and to receive feedback and suggestions for future trainings.
2018-19 (Sept. - June, 2019)
1. Installed new visitor management system in schools and other appropriate district buildings.
2. Purchased and created an emergency mobile command unit to include emergency response information that contains a laptop, charger, and district emergency response information, building floor plans, camera access, allowing the District Safety Coordinator to effectively communicate and respond to emergencies.
3. 40 district and building administrators participated in an emergency response tabletop exercise where they practiced emergency response skills.
4. Developed an implementation plan with members from the district safety committee and then prioritized the recommendations that came out of the first safety forum. One of the recommendations was to improve the door locking mechanisms in our classroom doors. The district installed push-button locks in all classroom doors in our school buildings during the first semester.
5. Conducted school evacuation to an offsite location to practice and determine if further modifications are needed for our emergency response procedures.
6. Updated the district safety page on the district website and sent out safety information in the district newsletter to showcase the safety improvements made during the school year.
7. Collaborated with the Monroe County Sheriff Office and conducted active threat/shooter emergency response training exercises for district employees.
8. Hosted the annual community safety forum to highlight the district’s security measures that are in place, and provided opportunities for community members to share safety concerns, at the forum and through the ‘Thought Exchange’ process prior to the event.
9. Continued the practice of two safety weeks (fall and spring) in which all buildings practiced mandated emergency procedures (e.g., lockout, lockdown, hold-in-place, AED/CPR drills, evacuation drill, early dismissal drill).
10. Placed emergency phone numbers and contacts on phones (all buidlings) for access during emergencies.
11. Continued to strengthen collaboration with community emergency responders. This year, emergency responders were on campus sixty (60) times, in addition to their increased presence in buildings.
12. District hosted a Ginna nuclear reactor natural-disaster response drill with community emergency responders and representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Monroe County Emergency Management Program.
14. Collaborated with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office on an initiative called Operation Safe Stop, which was designed to keep children safe as they rode the bus to and from school.
2019-20 (Sept. - June 30, 2020)
* Coming soon!