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Partner in Safety


How can you be a partner in safety at school?
You can be a huge help in contributing to the culture of safety and security at school by following these procedures:

  • Be a safe driver while on school property. Follow the speed limit, watch for pedestrians, and follow the established traffic pattern for the school you are visiting.

  • Parking in a designated parking space. Please do not park in the fire lane as it puts all occupants of the school in potential danger. Even if you are only going to be in the school for a short time, please park in a designated space.

  • Enter the school through the main door – For the safety and security of the learning environment, staff will be monitoring who is in the school and why they are there. All schools welcome visitors who have valid reasons for being there, and staff needs to be able to quickly identify a visitor who has no legitimate business. We are very serious about protecting your child from the potential danger of an unauthorized visitor to the school.

  • Front door buzzer – If the school is locked during business hours, a buzzer system will be installed at the front door. When you press the buzzer, it alerts the office that you wish to enter. Please be patient with school staff as they determine who you are and why you are there. Again, all legitimate visitors are welcome.

  • Check in at the office and follow established procedures for visitor sign-in and sign-out. Even our employees, who are not assigned to the school on a daily basis, must follow this procedure.

  • Wear your visitor’s pass where it can be seen. You may not notice, but staff will be looking for your pass as you move around the building.

  • If you need to take your child from the school before the end of the school day, please be prepared to show a photo ID and follow the established procedures for sign-out.

How can you be a partner in safety at home?
Parents and guardians can help us keep our schools safe by working with children at home. Here are some recommendations to consider in an effort to partner with schools to enhance safety:

  • Take a moment and read the Student Code of Conduct, and then discuss the regulations and the discipline policies with your child. Show your support for the rules, and help your child understand the reasons for them.

  • Relate school rules with the rules for appropriate behavior that you have set at home.

  • Teach your child how to solve problems and resolve conflicts reasonably. Conflicts and problems will arise in your child¹s life, and there are many methods of addressing both in a reasonable way. Talk it through before it becomes an issue. If you need some suggestions, please work with the counselor at your child¹s school.

  • Your child may be exposed to violence as a witness or as the result of engaging in video games or even watching television or movies. Take the opportunity to talk with your child about violence. Help your child understand the consequences of resorting to physical or verbal aggression.

  • You may sometimes become angry. Use it as an opportunity to model appropriate responses for your child. Take time to talk about it. Talk about what made you angry and why you chose to respond without resorting to verbal abuse or physical violence. Ask your child to give you examples of how he or she could deal with a moment of anger without verbally or physically hurting others.

  • Talk with your child about understanding and valuing diversity and individual differences. Henrico County is a community of people from a variety of nationalities, religions, races, cultures and physical and intellectual abilities. Our student population reflects all of these differences, and discussing the beneficial value of diversity at home enhances the culture of safety at school.

  • Make sure your child understands there are trusted adults he or she can talk to, both at home and at school.

  • Get to know your child¹s friends and meet their family. Talk with your child about healthy relationships. Let them know they can talk with you or a school counselor, administrator or teacher if they have concerns about a friend who may be exhibiting behavior that is troubling.

  • Stay involved with your child¹s school activities. Ask them to tell you about their day.

  • Volunteer at the school. Get to know the faculty and staff and make sure they know you.

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