Every Student, Every Day, A Success! What does this mean?

Safety a partnership between schools, parents and students

GIPS feels the district, parents and students are all partners in working to ensure the safety of our students in our community’s school buildings. Together, we can all do our part to maximize student and staff safety.

What GIPS is doing:

  • During a recent district safety audit, it was recommended that all middle schools and Senior High have a safety Tip Line to allow options for students to safely report any suspicious activity.
  • All GIPS buildings regularly practice safety drills.
  • These practice drills emphasize that students and staff are familiar with procedures.
  • Classroom doors are locked at all times. Announcement protocol in place. Students are told to silence phones to protect safety in locked down rooms.
  • Students are expected to wear identification badges at all times.
  • School resource officers are assigned to or on-site at all GIPS schools.

What parents and families can do:

  • Preventative actions can include:
    • Reassure your children that they are safe at school.
    • Keep your family’s contact information updated regularly at buildings to ensure phone numbers are accurate.
    • Regularly communicate with your children about school life
    • Emphasize the importance of following school rules/expectations.
    • Encourage your student to talk to you and talk to adults at school about concerns from what they see in social media, moderate the quantity of watching news coverage.
    • Develop, with your child, a reunification plan for your family.
  • During and after a crisis: 
    • Minimize exposure to media and social media regarding the events.
    • Encourage consistent routines and your child’s participation in activities they enjoy.
    • In the event of a crisis within GIPS: Please do not come to the school as this can impede safety response. We will provide updated information on our website, social media and/or via phone messages with parents with instructions in time of crisis.
  • Following a crisis:
    • Monitor your child’s emotional responses.
    • Make time to talk. Let your child’s questions be your guide to how much information you provide. Be patient; Watch for clues that they may want to talk.
    • Be on the lookout for physical symptoms of anxiety that children may demonstrate. They may be a sign that a child, although not directly discussing the situation, is very troubled by the recent events. Talk more directly to children who exhibit these signs more frequently than usual:
      • Headaches
      • Excessive worry
      • Stomach aches
      • Increased arguing
      • Backaches
      • Irritability
      • Trouble sleeping or eating
      • Loss of concentration
      • Nightmares or disruption of sleep routines.
      • Withdrawal
      • Refusal to go to school
      • Clinging behavior

Contact your school administration for more specific questions.

All GIPS buildings use National Standards of Practice for crisis management. Find out more at iloveuguys.org.