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Safety

In light of the horrific school shooting in Florida this week, we have received numerous calls and emails from concerned parents and guardians wanting to know what measures APS takes to keep its students and staff safe.

As Superintendent Reedy stated in a message posted to APS website and social media sites, all schools were asked to review their site safety plans which include detailed instructions for a host of possible emergency situations including an active shooter on campus. 

Here is some information we can share about how we address school safety:

· Our school safety plan includes site-specific instructions relevant to Madison, based on the design and layout of our building.

· We are required  to practice lockdown, shelter-in-place and evacuation drills according to our site-specific plan during the school year.  We have already had a lockdown drill and a shelter-in-place drill this year.  We will be practicing an evacuation drill at the end of this month.  

· In all emergency scenarios, we remind our students and staff to be responsive and follow the directions of all public safety responders.

· Fortunately for APS, we have our own Police Department that works closely with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. We have a Campus Security Aid assigned to  our school, and we have field officers who respond to incidences as well.

· Any time a student or staff member sees a suspicious person on campus or encounters a person who is being disruptive, they are asked to contact a police or safety officer or administrator.

· Visitors to our school are expected to check in at the front office and wear a visitor’s badge while on campus.  All staff and students are also required to wear ID badges while on campus.  This allows us to easily identify those folks that belong and those that don't.  

· We have over 25 security cameras on the Madison campus.

· We take seriously every threat or rumor of a threat to students, staff or school. We conduct immediate investigations, including student searches, and take disciplinary action when necessary.

· We do not discuss disciplinary actions because we are required by law to protect the privacy of all students, including students who may have made threats. However, we can say that students who make threats face disciplinary action that could include suspension and/or expulsion.

· Anyone who hears of a possible threat to a school is encouraged to contact a school administrator or police. The APS Police Department can be reached at 505-243-7712.

We all have a role to play in ensuring our schools continue to be a safe place for learning, and it is incumbent on all of us to be vigilant and supportive of one another. Remember, if you see or hear something, say something. You can contact APS School Police at 505-243-7712.

Posted by: Debora Garrison Published:2/16/18
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