Student Safety Days

Student Safety Days
Posted on 05/08/2019

May 8, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you know, the safety of the Avon Grove Charter School students and staff is of great importance. We continue to evaluate our emergency preparedness plan to ensure procedures are in place so students and staff know how to respond to various situations.

Each year AGCS conducts such drills as fire, severe weather, and emergency lockdowns (both partial and full campus lockdowns). Part of AGCS’ current emergency preparedness program also includes “school intruder” drills in which students have practices in a “shelter in place” safety model. This includes teachers locking and/or barricading doors and ensuring that all student are quiet and out of the line of sight of any windows. AGCS also has several staff members who are A.L.I.C.E. certified. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for an emergency preparedness strategy focused on the core principles of Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.

This past school year, AGCS Administration has worked with Black Site International, a safety consultant being utilized by multiple local Chester County schools, on the evaluation of our current drill practices and how to make improvements for the future.

By the end of the school year, AGCS plans to implement its first intruder drill that will include both lockdown and evacuation procedures. Before the drills are conducted at both campuses, AGCS Administration and staff plan to work with students to help them understand the purpose and expectations related to evacuation for the drill. In any situation, circumstances and information in the moment will inform teachers and staff on direction given to students. Procedures will be discussed with each grade level and will be developmentally appropriate to ensure that expectations are clear and understandable. In partnership with the AGCS, we are asking parents to help in preparing their children. Please help them understand the following:

  • Understand that schools have various types of drills to keep us safe for a variety of potential emergency situations
  • Identify the various types of school drills and the basic elements of them.
  • Reinforce the principle of “Stop, Look & Listen”. It is imperative that parents discuss the importance of staying quiet, alert, and following the teacher’s direction without hesitation.
  • Understand an intruder drill is not a sequential list of checklist actions but is about practicing different safety procedure options to stay safe.
  • Understand that there are many solutions when faced with a problem.
  • Stranger Danger, what does an intruder look like? Where can you find an intruder? (social media, park, school…)

In conjunction with our emergency drills, on Wednesday, May 29th, we will engage our Upper School Students in grades 7-12 in a Safe2Say Something student training. This training will include the concepts of student advocacy and the importance of speaking up to an adult to report dangerous activities of threats of violence in schools. The Safe2Say Something program is sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise. Parents can gain additional information to help continue the conversation of school safety with their children by visiting www.sandyhookpromise.org/saysomething or attending our Safety and Social Emotional Well-being presentation on May 15th at 6:00 pm State Road Campus.

Thank you for your continued support of Avon Grove Charter School and we hope you can join us on May 15th.

Warm Regards,
Kristen Bishop
Head of School

During the Month of May
K-12 Teachers will implement a safety lesson plan with their students. his plan will review procedures and expectations related to various emergency situations.

May 15th, 6-7pm, State Rd Auditorium
Parent Safety & Emotional Well-being Forum

May 24th
Staff participation in Social Emotional Universal Screening

May 29th
Kemblesville Student Intruder Drill

May 29th
Upper School Safe2Say Something student training  session (grades 7-12) Lesson plan implementation SRSS-IE

June 5th
State Road Student Intruder Drill

For more detailed information, please download:

AGCS Student Safety Days
SRSS-IE Screening Parent Letter
Parent Safety and Emotional Well-being Forum