Chapter XII: Health and Safety
Criterion: The members of the school community will pursue the school’s mission and purpose in a safe and healthy environment.
Francis Parker has maintained consistently high health and safety standards on their two separate and distinct campuses. Comprehensive security measures, including assessment and implementation, are designed to consolidate all security information and procedures so that the School is prepared to effectively address a crisis situation. These plans are linked to local law enforcement and public works offices/facilitators regarding gas, water, and electrical shut off and back-up services.
The School compiled The Francis Parker School Safety Manual and is in the process of completing The Security Manual. Each articulates plans and procedures for addressing health and safety needs that are annually reviewed.
There are well thought out and executed procedures for student drop-off and pick-up at the beginning and end of the school day. A carefully maintained fleet of buses provides additional transportation to and from the School.
Emergency drills are conducted regularly on both campuses. Frequent inspections are made by the fire marshal, the Department of Social Services (for the Junior Kindergarten program), Department of Health Services, a technician for the fire alarm system, a pre-action system technician, a fire extinguisher technician, as well as an OSHA representative to ensure that the highest standards of safety precautions are in place and in working order.
The administrative office staff on each campus is responsible for storing and dispensing medications and determining if a student should remain at School. The office staff also maintains the emergency reports and documentation.
The Committee commends:
1. the administration, faculty and staff for compiling and publishing The Francis Parker School Safety Manual which clearly delineates the plans and procedures to ensure healthy and safe campuses.
2. the administration for going beyond the standard safety program to include training programs in violence recognition and prevention and CPR, as well as tuberculosis screenings, and tetanus and flu inoculations.
3. the administration and faculty for responding to the need to communicate quickly with parents in emergency situations by contracting with ALERTNOW.
The Committee recommends that:
1. the administration finalize, publish, and utilize The Security Manual which articulates the plans and procedures for security for the School.
2. the administration conduct a comprehensive safety and security audit following the completion of the School’s construction and renovation.
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