LEHMAN TWP. — The Lake-Lehman School District now has an anonymous tip line for students so they can take an active role in keeping their schools safe.
The tip line can be used to report threats of suicide, violence, and weapons as well as issues such as drugs, alcohol, bullying, and fights at any of the Lake-Lehman schools, said Tracey Liparela, assistant to the superintendent.
“Our anonymous tip line is up and running,” Liparela told the school board this week. “We will be making posters and distribute them throughout the district. Hopefully, that will help anyone with information to communicate with us quickly and efficiently. The number is 570-255-2906.”
The phone will be located in the Lake-Lehman Junior-Senior High School and checked on a daily basis, she said.
The idea was developed from suggestions made by families at the March school board meeting, Superintendent James McGovern said.
The line is just one of several safety measures the district is implementing.
It will also host a two-day Active Shooter Response Training Instructor course by ALICE, which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.
District faculty and staff completed ALICE training last fall, Liparela said. The two-day seminar will train individuals to become certified ALICE trainers.
“We will be heading a core team of ALICE-trained personnel,” Liparela said. “We will have a team of Lake-Lehman certified ALICE trainers, and we can conduct training not only for our faculty and staff but for our community organizations or parent groups.”
Other districts and local law enforcement agencies are also invited to the training, Liparela said.
The course is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15 at Lake-Lehman Junior-Senior High School, Old Route 115, Lehman Township.
The program will include drills, response strategies, statistics and active shooter information, according to a news release provided by the district.
Registration is required: www.AliceTraining.com or 330-661-0106. There is a $595 fee.
Window film; door magnets
The district will be installing a polyester-based window film on all windows in all four district schools, Liparela said.
The protective film is an interior coating that prevents glass from shattering, she explained. The film does not make windows bulletproof, but will strengthen the glass to delay a person from entering the building.
McGovern said the film would be installed over the summer because the windows need to be cleaned in a specific way for the coating to be effective.
In addition, the district is moving forward with a plan to purchase door magnets so it can quickly lock doors in a lockdown scenario, Liparela said.
The magnetic door-securing system will allow a school to uniformly lock all classroom and office doors, she said.
In related news, the district is looking into visitor vetting software, which will run a background check on individuals before permitting them access to a school.
“We are reviewing visitor software, but we don’t have a commitment on that yet,” said Liparela.
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