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School Safety

Penn-Harris-Madison Safe Schools Mission Statement

Penn-Harris-Madison has developed school safety plans and crisis management plans and we utilize an ongoing process to update district-wide safety plans that includes in-service training, crisis preparation, a district safety committee and student/parent participation.  A safe, orderly environment is necessary to support student achievement. A coordinated effort among students, parents, educators and community members will keep our schools safe. Through study, planning, education and follow-up, we will continue to have safe schools that support student learning. If you have questions about school safety contact Director of Safety and Student Services Mike Seger at 574-258-9551.


The REMS TA CENTER and the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation will provide training on September 24, 2015 on "Resilience Strategies for Education:  Techniques for Self-Care and Peer Support Train-the-Educator".  Please see the attached link for specific information and registration to attend this free course.  This course is designed for school counselors, psychologist, administration and other mental health professionals.  Indiana School Safety Specialists are encouraged to attend and will receive credit for this course as part of their ongoing certification. 




The Indiana Department of Education and St. Joseph County School Safety Commission along with Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation present Dr. John More, President and CEO of Response Law, Inc. on February 4, 2016.  The training "Rights of School and Police Personnel:  Managing Your School Environment" will be hosted by Penn High School in the Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, February 4, 2016.  The target audience is school administration, school staff, school resource officers, law enforcement.





P-H-M Safety Awards and Publications

P-H-M Director of Safety and Student Services Mike Seger conducted national webinars in 2014 for Security Today on school safety. In addition, he was recognized with a Gov30 Security Award from Security Today at the Washington Convention Center. The Gov30 award recognized thirty leaders across the country for their contributions to the government security community and the difference they made in securing critical infrastructure, key assets and the homeland. Security Today is the industry-leading security products magazine, enewsletter, and website for security dealers, integrators and end-users. For more information go to Security Today.

The November 2013 issue of Security Products Magazine featured the article "Standing Above the Rest" by Ralph C. Jensen. "There are some schools and campuses that have prepared themselves so well above others that they are virtually a beacon on the hill in terms of security. Not only are they prepared, but they also know that threats are to be taken seriously, as no one is immune from an incident." Here is the link to the digital version of the "Standing Above the Rest" story. Embedded in the digital version is P-H-M's Safety and Security Construction Update.  In addition, the author Ralph C. Jensen wrote comments about P-H-M in this article.

Here's a link to the PDF of the article with the cover photo of Director of Safety and Security Mike Seger and Superintendent Dr. Jerry Thacker.

School Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

The Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation has taken steps to ensure your child's safety while in school. Each school has developed a crisis response plan. Emergency preparedness is basically preparing the steps you will take in the event of an emergency, such as contact information, communications, and evacuation plans. Here are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.

P-H-M Safety and Crisis Contact Information

The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety in at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number anytime of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

800-418-6423     (800-4-1-VOICE   ext. 359)

TEXT:   66746,   TIPS


The P-H-M Safe School Crisis Call Center is available in the event of a large scale crisis situation. The district has a number of emergency phones ready to field parent calls. When enacted, the safety team will answer calls in the order in which they are received.

For the complete listing of contact numbers for safety concerns or emergency situations, click HERE.

Parent Resources

This section provides contains resources and tips for parents with information related to bullying, MySpace, Facebook, emergency crisis situations and transportation safety. In addition, you will find a document for making suggestions related to the safety of our students.

The video “Getting to School Safely” was produced by Denver Public Schools and is an awareness tool for parents and students.  This 12 minute video provides a ‘top 10’ list of driving hazards that parents and students should be aware of during drop off/pickup times.

Tips for Parents

What parents can do to help schools keep their children safe during an emergency

Behavior patterns



Facebook Safety

Bus Transportation Safety

Safety Suggestions Form

Links and Resources for Parents - this is a variety of websites that provide helpful information to parents and others about safety

Netsmartz Internet Safety