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Great Falls Public Schools: Student Safety

School Resource Officers in Great Falls
Posted at 12:23 PM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 14:23:31-04

The GFPS website provides information and links that may be helpful regarding student safety, including this overview:

Here are the definitions of key safety terms used by the Great Falls Public School District:

  • Evacuation: Defined as an internal emergency that requires students and staff to leave the building for their safety. Parents should follow emergency notifications.
  • Lockdown: Defined as an internal and/or immediate threat. All staff and students are locked in rooms. No one IN or OUT!
  • Shelter In Place: Defined as a safety precaution for an external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat.
  • Class Hold: Defined as a safety precaution implemented during an incident where students need to be kept in the classroom.
  • Release with Care: Defined as a possible threat in the schools’ neighborhoods during arrival and release time. Release with care procedures.
    • To ensure safety, the building administrator may ask staff to escort students to/from buses or waiting cars.
    • Staff may also be asked to accompany students home.

Student safety precautions for getting to and from school:

  • Students should walk in groups or pairs
  • Students should travel on a designated route, and parents should know the route their student is taking
  • Students should check in with a responsible individual when they arrive at home
  • Students should be taught to always be aware of their surroundings
  • Students should avoid alleys on their designated route to/from school
  • Students should walk on designated sidewalks and in well-lit areas
  • Parents should notify the school when after-school procedures change

Here are the School Resource Officers for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Det. Clint Houston - Great Falls High School
  • Det. Nick Taylor - CMR High School
  • Det. Aaron Frick - North Middle School, elementary schools
  • MPO Jesse Rosteck - East Middle School, elementary schools