Our motto at Geary County Schools, “Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World”, encompasses more than academics and social-emotional skills of our students and staff. The safety of our schools and in our schools remains a top priority of the district throughout the school year and summer months.
Our Safety and Security Department, lead by our Director of Emergency Management, Scott Clark, works to ensure the safety of our buildings by performing a series of drills including ALICE, Severe Weather, and Fire. Practicing these drills becomes essential in the unfortunate event that one of our schools is subject to an emergency.
In 2016 USD 475 enhanced its emergency response tactics by implementing the ALICE Training Institute Program into its Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP). ALICE stands for:
- Alert, notify authorities and those in harm’s way of the danger at hand.
- Lockdown, or shelter in place.
- Inform, give real-time updates.
- Counter, the attacker as a last resort.
- Evacuate, or get out!
The program is designed to give a person, or a group of people, who may find themselves in a violent, life threatening situation, some mental and physical tools that could play a vital role in their survival. The program is designed so that anybody can employ the strategies. Young, old, male, female, it does not matter. One does not have to be a police, or military trained in order to survive a violent encounter. He or she does not need to have a frame of reference from which to draw, when making life saving decisions under extreme pressure, much like preparing for a fire, tornado or earthquake.
USD 475 trained staff on how to implement the program over the summer and now each school is putting what they learned into practice with the help of a building level crisis team and the Director of Emergency Management, Scott Clark who is a retired fire chief officer.
Each school year a school will take one month to perform a series of drills. Those drills will include:
- Severe weather
You have probably heard of the first two drills, but when you hear your child say they performed an ALICE drill that means that performed a drill where a decision was made based on the information received, on how to react based on they have been trained on through the ALICE program.
USD 475 will partner with Geary County and Fort Riley first responders during all ALICE Drills.
The safety and security of all students and staff is our main priority and it is our hope that students and staff members become better decisions makers during a crisis to put themselves in the best position possible if there were an unfortunate situation were to occur within USD 475.
Annual Asbestos Notice
In accordance with EPA regulations, all school buildings shown on the “2015 AHERA Re-inspection, List of Buildings/Outbuildings,” have been inspected for materials which contain asbestos and an Asbestos Management Plan has been developed and adopted. Please refer to the list to determine the type of asbestos containing materials (if any) at the schools your student(s) attend.
The district’s Asbestos Management Plan includes items such as; location of confirmed or assumed asbestos containing building materials (ACBM), periodic certified re-inspections, periodic six-month surveillance inspections, employee training, and proper disposal requirements. A copy of this plan is kept on site at each main school building containing ACBMs. In addition, a copy is also kept on file at the district office at 123 N. Eisenhower Road. The three-year accredited re-inspection required by the Environmental Protection Agency was conducted on May 26-28, 2015.
Friable (crumbled by hand pressure) asbestos containing materials may cause health problems if disturbed. As you can see on the notice, the amount of friable materials in district buildings are limited and are out of the normal reach of students and staff. Assumed materials MAY contain asbestos and are monitored closely to ensure they are not disturbed. Please be assured that USD 475 will continue to take considerable care to protect the safety of our staff and student(s).
For more information on the district’s Asbestos Management Plan, feel free to contact:
Director of Emergency Management
123 N. Eisenhower Drive
Junction City, KS 66441
The Director of Emergency Management in USD 475 provides training, processes, and support to schools in order to maintain a safe learning environment. The Director works with district leadership to ensure Geary County Schools are safe for students, staff, and those who enter district buildings.