May 27, 2022
Dear MCAS Families:
Our hearts are heavy with compassion for those affected by the terrible tragedy at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Michigan City Area Schools wants to reassure our families, staff, and students that we take school safety very seriously.
Our school district has an updated safety plan that has been created and reviewed in collaboration with area law enforcement. Our staff has been trained on the specifics of this plan, which is based on the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is used by schools and institutions across the nation, giving students, staff, parents, communities, and first responders a common language and course of action.
More details about the SRP can be found at http://educateMC.net/safety.
Here is some additional general information about our emergency procedures:
- Michigan City Area Schools has a district-level crisis team to support schools; this team meets at least bimonthly and includes first responders from several county agencies.
- Each school has a crisis team that is activated in the event of an emergency.
- Schools conduct periodic safety drills to ensure that everyone knows their role and procedures during a crisis.
- External doors at our schools and facilities are locked and checked throughout the day.
- Visitors must use the main entrances at our buildings, and visitor IDs are screened through the Raptor Visitor Management system.
- Security cameras are present at all building entrances, throughout our buildings, and on school buses.
- From time to time, we conduct unannounced preventative safety searches of student backpacks and other belongings. (Following these searches, parents are informed that this took place.)
- In partnership with the Michigan City Police Department, we employ a School Resource Officer who is present at Michigan City High School daily. This officer and additional support from law enforcement are available to respond quickly to other buildings as needed.
- MCAS has a tip line for reporting concerns about threats of violence or any issue involving the safety of students. Concerns may be reported anonymously through the MCAS App (available in the App Store or Google Play), or by visiting http://educateMC.net/tips.
Over the past several years, MCAS has assessed and upgraded building entryways, cameras, and communication systems, to increase security at our facilities. We also have building and district staff who have been trained as Advanced School Safety Specialists, and we have Social Workers, Student Success Coaches, and School Counselors to provide social and emotional support for students.
Please contact your child’s Principal if you have specific questions or concerns regarding safety at a particular building. Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and secure environments for learning. The safety of our students is our highest priority!
Dr. Wendel McCollum
Chair, MCAS District Crisis Team