SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY!
Penn-Harris-Madison is absolutely committed to maintaining safe schools.
Maintaining safe schools is fundamental to the district’s learning mission and it is a paramount responsibility to the parents who entrust their children to us.
Our efforts are guided by the P-H-M SAFETY MISSION STATEMENT:
Penn-Harris-Madison has developed effective school safety plans and crisis management plans. We will 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. Through research, planning, implementation and follow-up, and a coordinated effort among students, parents, educators and community members, P-H-M will continue to have safe schools that support student learning.
Mike Seger serves as P-H-M’s Director of Safety and Student Services
Seger is recognized as a national expert in the field of school safety. He works closely with the entire community—district administration and staff, parents and students, emergency responders and community partners—to put in place the practices, technology, and building design that help to make P-H-M schools among the safest in the nation. Learn more about P-H-M’s safety awards and national recognition here.
If you have questions about school safety contact Director of Safety and Student Services Mike Seger at (574) 258-9551.
SAFE SCHOOL HELPLINE
If you see something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at any P-H-M school or building. You can call the number any time 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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR PARENTS
ZIKA VIRUS INFORMATION: Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii What is already known about this topic? Zika virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of infected Aedes species mosquitoes. Zika virus is not transmitted directly from one person to another through casual contact. There is no evidence that risk for transmission on school properties will be higher than in other areas of the local community. What is added by this report? If suspected or confirmed Zika virus infection occurs in a student or staff member, schools should continue to prioritize strategies to prevent mosquito bites on school grounds, to prevent further transmission through infected mosquitoes. Because Zika virus is not transmitted from person to person by casual contact, it is not necessary to issue a schoolwide notification, and students or staff members with travel-related Zika virus exposure or confirmed Zika virus infection do not need to be removed from school. Isolation of persons with Zika virus disease or quarantine of exposed persons is neither recommended nor appropriate. Schools should maintain privacy and nondiscrimination protections for all students and employees. In the case of local Zika virus transmission, it is not necessary to cancel school-related activities. What are the implications for public health practice? School, local, and public health authorities should work together to implement mosquito control activities and mosquito bite prevention measures in schools to decrease risk of Zika virus transmission, to apply appropriate policies for educating students and staff members, and for continuation of school operations. OTHER KEY POINTS: Zika virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, through sexual contact, or from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Zika virus is not passed directly from person to person through casual contact. For most children and adults, Zika virus infection will not cause symptoms or will only cause mild symptoms. Zika virus infection during pregnancy is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and certain birth defects; therefore, special considerations for preventing exposure might be needed for pregnant women, women trying to conceive, and their male sexual partners. School jurisdictions should proactively establish effective channels of communication with local government and public health authorities regarding response plans for local transmission of Zika virus disease. School administrators can help provide safe school environments through mosquito bite prevention efforts and sharing of accurate Zika virus information with staff members, students, and families. It is not recommended for schools to remove students or staff members who have Zika virus disease or who were exposed to Zika virus, or to cancel school-related activities because of Zika virus concerns. Nondiscrimination and privacy and confidentiality measures should be maintained for all students and staff members.
- IN AN EMERGENCY, look here first for P-H-M contact information and communication protocols to keep parents informed in an emergency.
- Here are answers to frequently asked questions about school emergencies
- What parents can do to help schools keep their children safe during an emergency
- Tips for Parents includes ways parents can support safety efforts at home and at school
- The Safety Suggestions Form can be used by parents to share ideas for keeping students safe
ADDITIONAL PARENT RESOURCES
Bus Transportation Safety
“Getting to School Safely” This 12 minute video provides a Top Ten list of driving hazards that parents and students should be aware of during drop off/pickup times
Bus Transportation Safety This brochure published by P-H-M includes specific guidelines all our bus riders should know about
Internet Safety and Social Media
Student Behavior and Bullying Prevention
- A collection of websites with helpful information for parents and others about safety
SAFETY TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS
P-H-M partners with private, commercial, and governmental agencies to bring training opportunities to its staff and others in the region.
- Safety training for P-H-M staff members
- OSHA training is available through this free online resource
- Safety professionals are invited to register for these upcoming events:
- Mental Health Flowchart for General Concerns