Dear CEVSD Families:
The safety of our students and everyone in our school community is a top priority. The Carrollton Exempted Village School District is excited and proud to announce its partnership with Sandy Hook Promise. Carrollton's school safety initiative will feature the Sandy Hook Promise 'Know the Signs' no-cost programs involving all students throughout the District.
Sandy Hook Promise offers a suite of educational programs—with a focus on youth—that teach how to recognize the signs of a person who is at risk of hurting themselves or others, as well as how to intervene effectively. "Start with Hello" helps students learn the signs of chronic social isolation, the leading sign of someone who could commit an act of violence.
"Say Something" focuses on teaching teens to recognize at-risk behaviors through the lens of social media and to seek the help of an adult. Additional programs emphasize the warning signs of suicide and provide students with tools to prevent violence.
Students can anonymously report any concerns they may have about a friend or classmate directly to a Sandy Hook Promise Counselor, 24/7. An alert will be sent to local school officials so that they can provide support to that student.
The District will officially launch the Sandy Hook Promise program in November. More information will be sent to our families and also available on this website.
Other Safety Initiatives:
- CEVSD now has two School Resource Officers (SRO): Deputy Cory Virtue and Deputy Taylore Trsinar. The officers are assigned to help protect our students and staff and provide safety, anti-drug, anti-alcohol and other law enforcement education programs.
- We have implemented the Alertus Unified Mass Communication System. The system sends potentially life-saving alerts across our existing infrastructure and technology, including desktop computers, PA systems, phones, digital signage, mobile devices, fire panels, and more.
- During the Teacher Inservice Day on October 8, our local SWAT team led staff through a review of the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol used in the event of an active shooter. Run, Hide, Fight offers three courses of action if confronted with an active attacker, making it easy to recall and act upon in an emergency: run if you can, hide if you can’t, and fight as a last resort. Beyond the program’s namesake actions, law enforcement officials provided additional guidance to staff members on what to do during each step in the process.
- CEVSD has formed a Community Safety Committee to review our district’s general safety plans and provide feedback on ways we can increase school security now and as we move into our new facility. The committee is comprised of a cross-section of administrators, school employees, law enforcement, fire protection, and community members.
A safe learning environment is essential for students of all ages. Without it, they are unable to focus on learning the skills needed for a successful education and future. It takes vigilance on the part of everyone. Working together, we all can do our part to create safer school environments.
Dr. David Quattrochi