Protecting What’s Important
The safety and well-being of our students and staff continue to be a primary focus in the Johnston Community School District. We are constantly looking for ways to improve safety for our students and staff.
In light of recent incidents of school violence across the nation, the governor announced in 2022 that each school building in Iowa will be provided $50,000 for safety updates. Here in Johnston, we have applied for those funds and receipt of that funding is in progress.
The Johnston Community School District has been working with law enforcement since summer 2022 to evaluate our buildings and safety procedures and look for ways to enhance our security features. While our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is intentionally kept confidential, here’s what we can share with you:
- Our plan was reviewed by a safety expert and received high marks.
- District-level and building-level crisis teams are meeting on a regular basis.
- Drills are conducted on a regular basis at each school building.
- Each facility recently had a safety audit conducted by our Johnston Police Department and security experts.
- Recommendations for security upgrades are underway and will be made to the school board.
In addition, before the start of the 2022-23 school year, all JCSD staff members participated in a required 2-hour safety training so they could learn more about what to do in any type of active intruder situation. The need for this training led us to pushing the school start date back by one day.
Safety and security is more than planning for emergency situations. Please use the sub-page navigation below or on the right hand side of the web page to view our practices on visiting school buildings, crisis management, inclement weather, and our School Resource Officer program.
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