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District and School Safety

 
The top priority for each faculty and staff member in Radnor Township School District is maintaining the safety of our students.

Since the Feb. 14, 2018 tragedy in Parkland, Florida, district and school administration have shared communications and information with families regarding the security protocols in our district and schools. We will continue to search for and be open to ways to improve these efforts. Another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18, 2018 further underscores the need for our collective attention and collaboration regarding school safety issues.

We welcome your thoughts at safety@rtsd.org. It takes all of us to keep our students safe.

Thank you for your support. 

General Safety and Security in RTSD

  • The district requires that all doors remain locked during the school day.

    Via an outdoor video intercom system, visitors to Radnor Middle School and Ithan, Radnor and Wayne Elementary schools are required to provide their identity to main office staff before being permitted to enter the building.

    A full-time security guard staffs the entrance vestibule at Radnor High School. Visitors are not permitted access to the school without providing their identity for clearance through the school’s Raptor background check system.

    Each school is equipped with a Delaware County Panic Alarm School System (DelPASS), which allows school administrators to quickly and quietly alert authorities to emergency situations.

    The district maintains a variety of active security measures at all times, including video surveillance, alarms, and campus security personnel. Additional internal security cameras have been installed in many buildings and will be installed district-wide by the end of the 2017-18 school year.

    A comprehensive emergency operations plan guides our response to emergency situations. Staff is trained to implement emergency procedures and participate in practice drills throughout the year.

    Lockdown and other emergency drills take place in each of our schools each month.

    Staff members regularly participate in safety trainings or informational sessions, including the Delaware County Safe Schools Summit; Active Shooter Preparedness; Preparing for the Armed Intruder; and Proactive K-12 Student Safety.

    Risk assessments of the district’s buildings are conducted annually by security staff. As an added measure, the district is working on scheduling the Pennsylvania State Police to perform risk assessments of our schools in the coming months.

    All classrooms and offices have a quick-reference, crisis response guide that covers various emergency situations.

    The district creates safe, supportive school environments by providing school-wide behavioral expectations, caring school climate programs, positive interventions and supports, psychological and counseling services, and violence prevention programs.

    The district and local law enforcement have a very strong partnership. Law enforcement personnel regularly participate in the review of our security and emergency procedures. Radnor police officers regularly visit all our schools and are always available to provide assistance upon request.

Safety Meetings

  • Police and District Administrators: August 21, 2018
    Administrators from across the district gathered at Radnor Middle School on Aug. 21 to discuss school safety and security with Lieutenant Shawn Dietrich and Sergeant George Smith from the Radnor Police Department.

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  • Summer 2018 Safety Meeting: August 1, 2018

    Parents heard from district and school administrators, including director of human resources Todd Stitzel, assistant director of student services Jenny LeSage, RMS assistant principal Douglas Kent, and director of transportation John Hearn, about security and supports for students throughout RTSD. Chris Flanagan, chief of the Radnor Police, also attended and participated in break-out discussions. Attendees shared their thoughts and listed security strengths and potential areas of improvement on chart paper that was subsequently collected for administration to review.

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  • Radnor Police officers Flanagan and Dietrich address RTSD staff. All Staff and Radnor Police: May 15, 2018

    Radnor Police Chief Chris Flanagan and Lieutenant Shawn Dietrich spoke to all district staff at RHS about responding to emergencies in schools, including an active shooter situation. The officers also reviewed various emergency response strategies.

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  • Radnor High School: March 9, 2018
    Officers from the Radnor Police department visited RHS to speak with each grade-level at separate assemblies about the safety protocols in place at the school.

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  • Radnor Middle School: Thurs., April 5 at 9:30 a.m.
    Open to all RMS parents to learn more about safety and security at RMS.

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  • Ithan Elementary School: Wed., April 4 at 7 p.m.
    Open to all IES parents to learn more about safety and security at IES.

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  • Radnor Elementary School: Thurs., April 5 at 6 p.m.
    Open to all RES parents to learn more about safety and security at RES.

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  • Wayne Elementary School: Wed., March 14 at 10 a.m.
    Open to all WES parents to learn more about safety and security at WES.

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