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A LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT SCHOOL SAFETY

Dr. Andrea Celico, Superintendent of Schools


Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, Staff, and Community,
 

We are sensitive to the fact that nerves are frayed on school safety issues after a school shooting, such as the most recent tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We understand the concern of parents and community members who have contacted us since that shooting to inquire about safety protocols in our schools.   
 

Please know that the safety of our students and staff has always been our #1 priority in the Bedford City School District. The administrators, teachers and support staff are committed to creating a safe and welcoming school environment for all of our students. We work closely with the police and fire departments of our four communities, as well as with the State of Ohio and Homeland Security to develop and implement safety plans that are continuously reviewed and updated.
 

Some of the safety measures we employ in the district are:
 

Safety Drills: We regularly practice safety drills and conduct safety-related discussions with students in a positive and age-appropriate manner. Safety drills include tornado drills, fire drills, evacuation drills, Secure Our School drills, bus evacuation drills and ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training. The ALICE program is designed to proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. I encourage you to learn more about the ALICE safety protocols by visiting https://www.alicetraining.com/.
 

Visitors: All doors in the school buildings are kept locked. Visitors must be buzzed in at the front door of each school, sign in at the office, and wear a visitor’s badge. Additionally, Bedford High School has implemented IDentiphoto at the visitor’s entrance, adding an extra layer of security as visitors IDs are scanned and registered.
 

Technology: Security cameras are located throughout the buildings. In an emergency, local police departments can access the video feed via laptop computers in their cruisers. A comprehensive two-way radio system provides coverage for each building, including all schools, our transportation and maintenance departments. Police departments have access to our radio and camera systems. We work closely with the first responders in all four of our communities, the State of Ohio and Homeland Security to develop and implement safety plans for all of our schools. A team of administrators is also currently working to develop a mobile application for the district, which will also incorporate safety features.
 

School Resource Officer: In partnership with the City of Bedford, a police officer is assigned to work in the high school as the school resource officer. Officer Sean Francis interacts daily with students, educates students on various teen-related issues, and he is available to students or staff members who have an issue or concern.
 

To reiterate, the Bedford City School District is committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all of our students. One of the six goals of our current Strategic Plan is “Student Safety and Well-Being,” and committees have met on a regular basis over the last two years to address the safety and security of students, as well as to provide resources to care for the well-being of the whole child.
 

It is important to point out that everyone, including parents, students and community members, has a role to play in school safety. Talk to your children about reporting any suspicious behavior that they may have witnessed or heard about either in person or on social media posts. Communicate any concerns with a teacher or administrator, as they are familiar with the warning signs of threatening behaviors.
 

I assure you that we will continue to seek new ways to make our schools safe for all of our students and staff. Thank you for your continued support of our schools!
 

Sincerely,
 

 

Andrea Celico, Ph.D.

Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 





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