WARREN, NJ - Safe Havens International, a school security firm, recently completed an audit of the Warren Township School District and commended the district for addressing 80 percent of issues found in 2014. Ron Berry, the security compliance manager for Warren Township Schools presented an overview of school safety and security practices at the last meeting of the Warren Township Board of Education.
The presentation can be viewed here
Berry explained the various aspects of the district’s safety and security and commended the Central School Staff for their performance during an evacuation in October when a garbage truck caught fire outside the school on Mount Bethel Road.
See the slide presentation here
Berry said improvement can still be made regarding the evacuation of students and staff with special needs. Buses were able to transport students and staff however, “we're going to finish the planning this year and implement a more robust special needs evacuation planning segment to our safety plans, he said."
The district has formed a threat assessment team, “a multi-disciplinary team made up of school leaders, psychologists, faculty members and school resource officers," he said, to evaluate threats and make decisions on how to properly respond to ensure safety.
And, Warren Township Emergency AM radio station, at 680kHz, went live last year and can be used by the district to transmit information in the event of emergency.
Berry said that the security staff has started discussing a safety topic of the month with staff members.
September’s topic was the "Window of Life.” Just like in airplanes where passengers are told to put their own oxygen masks on before helping children, the “Window of Life” says protect yourself, protect others, protect the place, and alert the proper authorities, Berry said.
October’s topic was the Stop-It mobile app which allows students to report anything anonymously. Berry said it is primarily used to stop students from self-harm, and "North Plainfield says that they believe they've stopped potentially, two suicides using the app.”
The November topic will be unannounced visitors.
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