What has Pine Grove School done to increase safety and security for students, employees and school visitors?

For over two decades, our school has been meeting regularly with members of the Town of Rowley Police, Fire and Emergency Management staff. We developed “emergency response plans” to help us determine in advance how to manage emergencies. Under the leadership of the school. police and fire officials, a Pine Grove School School Safety Committee was formed. The goal of this committee was to strengthen school safety and security at Pine Grove School. This committee has met regularly to determine how a core team of Pine Grove School staff will work with police, fire and emergency management personnel to manage and respond to a variety of school emergencies.

Based on the work of this committee, we have developed a coordinated emergency response plan that is built on the Incident Command System (ICS), a nationally recognized organizational structure utilized by law enforcement, fire and emergency response personnel. The ICS has been adopted by our School Safety Committee as a team approach for how we will work with our police department, fire department, emergency management director, town utility providers and additional emergency response personnel to effectively respond to and manage a school emergency. A core group of Pine Grove School staff have received extensive training on how to respond to a variety of emergencies.

Members of the Pine Grove School School Safety Committee have continued to meet monthly. We have continued to implement extensive new safety and security procedures at our school:

  • Members of our School Safety Committee have participated in comprehensive school emergency management training programs led by national school safety experts from the U.S. Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and nationally recognized consultants

  • We have developed and trained all of our school staff on Safety Procedures for School Employees (a printed reference packet of materials for what school staff should do during an emergency),

  • Our School Safety Committee have practiced tabletop exercises and implemented mock drills involving staff and students based on realistic scenarios

  • Our school district has expanded our communication network capabilities throughout our school campus and within our regional school district to increase inter-operability to rapidly respond to a school emergency.

Access Control:

A buzzer system and locking mechanism has been installed at the main entrance to monitor all individuals who enter the school building. All after school and evening use of our school building is coordinated through a building use process. Unless there is a specific prescheduled program, our school building is locked during evening and weekend hours to prevent any unauthorized access.

Building Access:

All outside perimeter doors are kept locked to prevent unauthorized entry into our school building and these doors are regularly checked throughout the school day and after hours to make sure they are not left open.

Identification Badges:

All Pine Grove School staff have employee identification badges. In addition, school volunteers, substitute teachers and contract service providers wear school issued identification badges. All visitors are directed to the main entrance where they sign in and receive a Visitor Identification Badge.

Staff Training:

All staff have participated in School Safety Procedures training. All newly hired school employees are required to participate in this training. Additional training on safety procedures has been provided to members of the School Safety Committee, all teaching staff, custodial staff and cafeteria staff.

Who Can I Contact for Further Information About School Safety and Security at Pine Grove School? If you have any questions, concerns or would like to make a recommendation on school safety and security, we welcome your input.