Governor Mifflin is proactive in its approach toward student safety. Our Safe School policies and procedures are dedicated to prevention, planning and reaction.
Governor Mifflin’s Safe Schools program provides physical security on campus, deters criminal activity by students, maintains a district-wide crisis response plan, facilitates coordination with the Berks County Juvenile Probation Office and supports the Student Assistance Program.
The school board members, administrators and staff at Governor Mifflin support the safe school initiatives that are in place at our school, and we strive to improve upon existing measures, as necessary. The safety of our students, staff and community is always a primary concern. As part of our safety plan:
- Governor Mifflin School District maintains a single, locked entry procedure to school buildings throughout each school day. Entry security is enhanced at each building with video surveillance cameras.
- Staff is attentive to any suspicious behavior and encouraged to contact administration with any concerns.
- Regular drills are conducted to make staff and students familiar with safety procedures.
- Building administrators and secretarial staff are vigilant at maintaining familiarization with custody agreements and other court-ordered restrictions limiting contact with students under their supervision.
- Governor Mifflin School District’s on-staff school police officer maintains close working relationships with local municipal law enforcement and emergency response agencies. The school police officer continually evaluates building security and student safety throughout each school day.
- In 2011, Governor Mifflin participated in a tactical drill with the Berks Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). As part of the Department of Emergency Services, CERT responds to crises everywhere in the county. CERT used the Governor Mifflin High School as training grounds for a simulation of a school hostage situation. School staff practiced their roles in aiding the CERT team during the crisis and learned what procedures to take in order to secure a building.
- The Governor Mifflin School District is participating in the countywide initiative to standardize All-Hazard Plans for Berks school districts. This initiative is being organized through the Berks County Intermediate Unit in conjunction with county school districts, police agencies, first responders and the Berks County Mental Health Agency.
Mr. Yount provides some tips for parents and students on what to do if you see or are approached by a suspicious person:
Tips for elementary students:
Tips for middle and high school students: