Crisis Response Plan

Park Hill takes steps every day to protect students and staff. Our crisis response plan includes strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a crisis in our schools.

The most important thing we do to keep our people safe is keep the lines of communication open. You can help us with this by letting us know if you hear of anything suspicious or alarming, and encouraging students to do the same. You can download the Scholastic Crime Stoppers (P3 Tips) app from the Google Play or Apple Store.

PREVENTION

The best way to address a crisis is to prevent it ever happening at all. The Park Hill School District has several programs designed to address issues before they become crisis situations.

  • Training to help our staff support the mental health of our students
  • Bullying prevention programs, including a curriculum and a bullying reporting tool 
  • Uniformed police officers serving in our high schools and middle schools as school resource officers
  • Campus supervisors at our high schools
  • Counselors, social workers and recovery room specialists
  • Secure buildings with locked exterior doors, photo ID badges for employees and check-in procedures for visitors
  • Renovated entrances at all elementary and middle schools that force visitors to enter through the office
  • Internal and external surveillance cameras at all buildings
  • Partnerships with local law enforcement and mental health professionals on crisis prevention and student support
  • App for anonymously reporting tips and rumors (download the Scholastic Crime Stoppers app from the Google Play or Apple Store)

PREPARATION

Park Hill's crisis planning process includes preparing students and staff for possible dangers.

  • Regular drills at the schools for hazards like fires, severe weather, earthquakes, evacuations, intruders, bomb threats and environmental hazards
  • Regular updating of the crisis response plan
  • Regular training of the crisis response teams
  • Regular active shooter and intruder response training for all district staff

RESPONSE

In order to make our crisis response plans as effective as possible, Park Hill worked with our first responders from every police, fire, ambulance, health and mental health department with a district school in its jurisdiction.

  • Extensive plans for evacuations, relocations, lock-downs and many other safety measures
  • Communication tools to notify families about crisis situations
  • Secure online access for crisis responders to plans, maps, site hazards and necessary information about students and staff

RECOVERY

After a crisis, the district will work to help students and staff recover from the experience and get back to a sense of normalcy. 

  • Work with district counselors, local mental health workers and local clergy to provide counseling to those affected
  • Return to the learning process as soon as possible

PLANS FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS

Together with our emergency responders, we identified possible actions for improving Park Hill's emergency preparation, which are aligned with a goal from our strategic plan (CSIP), "Ensure a safe, caring environment for students, staff and visitors." 

  • Hire a safety expert to lead district crisis response planning
  • Renovate the high school entrances to force visitors to enter through the offices
  • Improve security and access control at front entrances of all schools
  • Implement an improved internal crisis communication system
  • Provide additional threat assessment training

If you have any questions or feedback about the district's crisis response plan or our possible goals for improvement, please contact Director of Safety and Security Chad Phillips at (816) 359-6864.