Safety

FIRST PRIORITY. NO EXCUSES.

The corporation is committed to ensuring that safety is the number one priority. Remember, if you are aware of a threat to RCS, you are required to report it at the link provided at the sidebar. Staff can access more resources and training at the RCS Internal Website. We have provided guidance and resources for specific situations. These resources are in cooperation with state government agencies across the state.

Student Protests

Whether it is gun control, foreign policy, or any other topic, students have a right to freedom of speech and may participate in free speech activities while on school campus. Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969). Students may exercise these rights as long as their conduct is not disruptive to the education process, obscene, lewd, libelous, slanderous, and does not incite students to destroy property or inflict injury upon any person.

Fire Drills

All schools will do a fire drill each month. Some things that we will do are:

  • Put up a sign stating that an exit is not available because there is a fire in the hallway. This will ensure staff and students know secondary evacuation routes.

  • Pull students as they are exiting the building and see if the process for reporting missing students is functioning like it should.

  • Conduct a drill during a passing period, arrival and/or dismissal times.

Bomb Threats

Bomb Threats to Range Community Schools are taken very seriously.

This quick reference checklist is designed to help employees and decision makers of commercial facilities, schools, etc. respond to a bomb threat in an orderly and controlled manner with the first responders and other stakeholders.

Most bomb threats are received by phone. Bomb threats are serious until proven otherwise. Act quickly, but remain calm and obtain information with the checklist on the reverse of this card.

If a bomb threat is received by phone:

1. Remain calm. Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible. DO NOT HANG UP, even if the caller does.

2. Listen carefully. Be polite and show interest.

3. Try to keep the caller talking to learn more information.

4. If possible, write a note to a colleague to call the authorities or, as soon as the caller hangs up, immediately notify them yourself.

5. If your phone has a display, copy the number and/or letters on the window display.

6. Complete the Bomb Threat Checklist immediately. Write down as much detail as you can remember. Try to get exact words.

7. Immediately upon termination of call, DO NOT HANG UP, but from a different phone, contact authorities immediately with information and await instructions.

Handle note as minimally as possible.

If a bomb threat is received by e-mail: Do not delete the message.

Signs of a suspicious package:

    • No return address

    • Excessive postage

    • Stains

    • Strange odor

    • Strange sounds

    • Unexpected delivery

    • Poorly handwritten

    • Misspelled words

    • Incorrect titles

    • Foreign postage

    • Restrictive notes * Refer to your local bomb threat emergency response plan for evacuation criteria

DO NOT:

  • Use two-way radios or cellular phone. Radio signals have the potential to detonate a bomb.

  • Touch or move a suspicious package.

Bullying

To report bullying, contact your local school corporation.

During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly passed HEA 1423, and the Governor signed P.L. 285-2013 into law. The law requires a response from the Department of Education, in collaboration with school safety specialists and school counselors. The information and resources included on this page meet the requirements of this legislation.

P.L. 285-2013 Webinar

Bullying Definitions & Categories

Active School Shooter

NIMS/ICS for Schools

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is a comprehensive, national approach to incident management that is applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It is intended to apply across a full spectrum of potential incidents, hazards, and impacts, regardless of size, location or complexity. NIMS helps improve coordination and cooperation between public and private entities in a variety of incident management activities and provides a common standard for overall incident management.

More Resources

  • Indiana State Police

  • Indiana State Homeland Security

  • Indiana Department of Child Services

  • Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

  • Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy

  • Indiana Department of Education Office of Student Safety