EMERGENCY PLAN | SCHOOL SAFETY
The safety of the school environment where your children spend much of their day, is a top priority for us. Since September 11, 2001, we have continued to review and update our safety procedures to ensure the coordination of our efforts with city officials.
In the event, an emergency takes place during the time your children are in school, please know that our schools provide a very safe environment. Therefore it is important that you follow these guidelines:
1. Ensure your own safety.
2. Your children will be “sheltered in place”, no need to come to school.
3. Do not call the school as this ties up the lines.
4.Tune in to the local radio and television stations for information. The HCS InfoLine (727-2000), our cable television station WHCS Cox Channel 46, FIOS Channel 20 and our HCS website will be activated for communication.
5. You will receive information from the external media outlets, as well as the HCS InfoLine, our website, and channel regarding the place and time you will be reunited with your child.
Hampton City Schools has installed a Visitor Management System at all school buildings within our district. The Raptor V-Soft System adds another blanket of security for the safety of all students and staff. The Visitor Management System is used in all buildings. This system continues to provide a safe and secure environment for all students, staff, vendors, and community visitors.
The Raptor V-Soft System is robust in application and will provide building administrators with a better understanding of who is attempting to gain access to the school, as well as track those visitors and volunteers who routinely visit their building. Most significantly, this system has the capabilities to track all registered sexual offenders in the United States and will send out an alert to the School Resource Officer, Security Supervisor, and Lead Security Officer, if an attempt is made to gain entry into the building.
According to the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children, there are an estimated 747,408 registered sexual offenders located in the United States. This system allows for the identification of all visitors who enter the buildings. Upon entering a school, a visitor will proceed to a registration desk staffed by a member of that particular school (as designated by the school administration). The staff member will take the ID card (usually a person’s driver’s license or state-issued identification card) and then scan it into the Raptor V-Soft System. Once completed, a visitor’s badge will be issued with the person’s name and photograph, the date, the time, and the destination within the building for the visit. Once a visitor has ended their visit at the school building, they should return to the designated registration desk to be properly signed out.
American Red Cross
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Commonwealth of Virginia (Official Web Site)
Creating Bully Free Environments
Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
FEMA for Kids - Ready.gov
Health Resources and Services Administration – Stop Bullying Now Campaign
Institute for Intergovernmental Research – Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Gangs
National PTA: School Safety
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Office of the Virginia Attorney General
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
6 Rules for School Safety
Safe Youth, Safe Schools
Virginia Department of Health
Virginia State Police – Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Home Page