Building Safety Update 2/23/2018

  • In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we wanted to take the opportunity to further communicate our plans regarding school safety.

    We continue to be vigilant in our efforts to ensure the safety and security of all students and staff. Members of the Blue Ash and Montgomery Police Departments, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and Symmes and Loveland Fire Departments all take part in our "Safe and Secure Schools" Committee, which meets frequently throughout the year with district administrators, teachers, and students, to improve our safety plans and conduct threat assessments. While we cannot share the exact details of those plans for security purposes, we wanted to share a few measures already in place at Sycamore High School.

    • All building doors are locked during the school day.

    • A visitor sign-in procedure that requires visitors to be buzzed into a secured area. We are in the process of adding a license/ID check-in procedure.

    • Safety drills including tabletop exercises, lockdowns, and full evacuation drills.

    • ALICE training for students and staff.

    • Each classroom is equipped with a window punch-tool in case of an evacuation.

    • Administrators and school personnel supervise the hallways, the cafeteria during lunch, and entrances and exits during arrival and dismissal.

    • A police officer who serves as Student Resource Officer in the building full-time.

    • An after-school monitor who supervises the building from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

    • 155 upgraded and functioning security cameras.

    • The administration is alerted electronically when doors are propped open or a non-main entrance door is opened during the school day.

    • Open communication about safety updates with students, staff, and the community through social media, Blackboard, e-mail, and in-school announcements.

    In case of an emergency, do you know where to go to be reunified with your student?

    As members of the community, did you know we have the following resource available?

    • Two student assistance counselors (along with our seven school counselors) who can provide help with the mental health needs of students.

    • Sycamore Schools is finalizing a partnership with Children’s Hospital to provide direct access to mental health care services. More information will be released in the coming weeks regarding this new program.   

    Lastly, we need your help. If you and your students see something, say something.  We strongly encourage you to have conversations with your students about reporting the suspicious behavior - or report the behavior to administration directly, or call or text the Ohio Safer Schools 24/7 Tipline anonymously at 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764).  

    Please look for additional information, including the upcoming State of the District video from the Superintendent, as we continue to improve our safety plans. We look forward to always providing a safe learning environment in which students can reach their full potential.