Dana Stearns, Director of Business Affairs, oversees the SE-L security department. Experienced security officers with extensive knowledge in crowd control and crisis situations, patrol the hallways of Brush High School, Memorial Junior High School and Greenview Upper Elementary School.
It is the goal of the security department to be as proactive as possible to prevent any potential issues. The security department works in collaboration with both cities to ensure the most secure buildings possible for our students.
The South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District has been very active in enhancing and increasing the security and safety of our students and staff. These measures include:
- We have a safety plan in place, which is reviewed regularly with our police and fire departments. This plan was extensively reviewed last year with our police and fire departments before the Board approved the plan in June 2012.
- Each month, we hold Security Meetings with our police and fire departments to discuss any potential security topics in order to be as proactive as possible.
- Our schools conduct regular lockdown and fire drills, which have already been held and will continue.
- Safety plan and preparedness trainings are held with our staff periodically and additional trainings are planned in the future.
- Principals have reviewed with their staff their relevant safety procedures.
- Our Security Staff has regularly scheduled trainings with various experts, including the Lyndhurst and South Euclid Police/Fire Departments.
- ALL exterior doors at our schools are locked. Buzzer systems with video cameras are in place at the main entrance at all schools.
- A district-wide phone system, which includes phones in all classrooms, allows staff to notify the main office of emergency situations.
- Shelter-in-Place supplies are available for all schools.
- Emergency/Crisis kits are available for all schools.
- A communication system is in place and the information provided during a time of crisis will be determined by the police.
Thanks to two recent COPS Secure Our Schools grants, we have indoor and outdoor security camera coverage of all school buildings with extensive surveillance capabilities at all schools. This grant was provided to districts who demonstrate collaboration between the police/fire departments and the schools.
We are continuously reviewing our safety plan with local safety officials to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff. Upcoming plans of action include our Supervisor of Security conducting random security checks on all of our buildings, monthly security meetings with our principals to review individual safety plans and additional training needs, monthly security meetings with our police and fire departments and scheduled tabletop discussions with the police departments to further discuss appropriate responses to simulated emergency situations.
Please know that it is our goal to create a safe, supportive school climate that provides school-wide behavioral expectations, positive interventions and supports, psychological and counseling services, and violence prevention programs. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for their part in maintaining a safe school environment by reporting potential problems to school officials and resisting peer pressure to act irresponsibly. Please also remember that we always welcome your comments, concerns or any information that might be helpful. In addition, we have an anonymous tip line to report unsafe, at-risk situations, Safe School Hotline, which can be reached at 1-800-4-1-VOICE (1-800-418-6423) ext. 359.
The Security Department has received almost $100,000 in COPS Secure Our Schools grants to provide all school buildings with extensive indoor and outdoor security camera coverage. This grant also provided monies for additional surveillance capabilities, numbering of all exterior doors at all of our schools and several other critical security systems.