Safety and Security


Over the last few years, we, as a school, have faced challenging situations that have required us to examine our School Safety and Security. We have a School Crisis Plan on file at the Montgomery County Police Department and at the office of the Archdiocese of Washington. Each year we, as a faculty, spend an day of in-service education reviewing the plan and evaluating its effectiveness. We will follow Montgomery County Schools on all decisions during emergencies. Homeland Security will advise all systems and necessary precautions in our area. In case of any emergencies, please listen to the radio and television and follow the instructions issued by Montgomery County. Please do not come to school or call the school office. This will cause more confusion and chaos.

If there is an announced LOCK-DOWN, no one will be allowed in or out of the school. If an evacuation is required, we will dismiss the children in the safest way possible. Our goal at all times is to keep the children safe and calm.

We keep all doors locked at all times. No one is to use any of the side or back doors of the school. The front door is monitored and all visitors are required to sign in on the computer and wear a badge. On exiting the school, all visitors are asked to check out at the computer. A record will be kept of all visitors in the school.

Lastly, all volunteers are required to follow the Child Protection Policy of the Archdiocese. This means that anyone who works in the school as a paid employee or volunteer must undergo a background check through the Archdiocese and must attend a workshop given through the Archdiocese. Again, this is for the safety of the children. Thank you for you cooperation in all of these areas. The children are the priority in all of our policies and their safety is most important.

As part of our crisis plan, we have stocked a closet with food (breakfast bars, crackers etc.), water and first aid items.  Every teacher has a box of activities and the school has a supply of flashlights and blankets in the classroom  These items are in place in the event an extended lockdown is required.