At City Charter High School we are committed to taking proactive measures to protect the safety of all our students and staff members. We have made preparations to deal effectively with emergency situations that could occur in or around the school while classes are in session. While we hope that a natural disaster or other serious incident never occurs, our goal is to be as prepared as possible for any potential emergency. Our priority at all times is to protect all students and staff from harm.
Our School Safety Office is located onsite and is staffed throughout the day. In addition, the Office of School Safety maintains a 24/7 emergency phone line at (412) 690-2489 ext. 1991
City Charter High School has had numerous safety assessments completed by; the Pennsylvania State Police, Pittsburgh Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security.
City Charter High School maintains a safety plan that is unique to our multi-use building and aligned with best practices established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
City Charter High School is officially an “ALICE Certified Organization,” one of only 16 organizations in the state of Pennsylvania to receive this certification.
The ALICE Certified Organization Certification is only awarded to schools that put in the time to prepare the students and staff, work on existing safety measures, conduct annual audits and, most importantly, provide a safe school environment. City High is one of 16 organizations in Pennsylvania to receive the certification, out of the 3,287 schools and 120 charter schools in the state.
Congratulations to all of the students and staff at City High for not only earning the ALICE Certified Organization status but for continuing to make City High a safe environment for all of us.
General Safety and Security Measures
- All students and staff have been trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) by our certified ALICE Instructor.
- All Classroom doors can be locked from inside with a key. In August of 2018 City Charter High School installed Lockdown devices on all classroom and office doors within the facility.
- City Charter High School requires that all exterior doors remain lockedduring the school day.
- Via an outdoor video intercom system, visitors to City Charter High School are required to provide their identity and reason for visit.
- A school safety officer staffs our secure lobby, Visitors are not permitted access to the school without providing a state issued ID for clearance through the school’s Raptor background check system.
- City Charter High School is equipped with panic switches in all school hallways that alert safety officers and administrators immediately when activated. There are also panic switches that allow school administrators to quickly and quietly alert authorities to emergency situations.
- City Charter High School maintains surveillance 24/7
- All classrooms and offices have a quick-reference guides that covers various emergency situations.
- City Charter High School maintains our safe, supportive school environment by providing school-wide behavioral expectations, caring school climate, positive interventions and supports.
- City Charter High School and local law enforcement have a very strong partnership. Pittsburgh police officers regularly visit all our school. Several programs have been developed in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Police to build relationships. These programs include; Lunch with and Officer, Cooking with Cops and Lifting with an Officer. Because of the overwhelming success, future programs are in development.
Parent Notification and Emergency Information Resources
In the event of a school emergency, parents will receive a phone call from the schools “Notify” system to the primary phone number(s) listed with the school. This call will be identified on caller ID as City Charter High School.
In addition a text message will be sent to all parents that have a cell phone listed. Parents who have also provided email information will also receive email updates.
The success of this system depends on accurate contact information obtained from our school records. If you information has changed, please update your phone numbers with the school immediately.
Additional Resources for School Emergency Information:
Parent Emergency Procedures
In order for our emergency plans to be effective, we must depend on the assistance of local police and fire departments. We also depend on the parents of our students to support efforts. Your cooperation is critical in helping us protect our students and staff. Therefore we ask parents to observe the following procedure(s) during a crisis situation:
- Check for a call from City Charter High Schools Notify System. A phone call, text and email will be sent from City Charter High School to notify parents of an emergency.
- Keep your contact information updated with the school.
- Remind your children. It is very important that they follow instructions from their teacher in an emergency.
- If you see something, say something and encourage your children to do the same.
City Charter High School monitors a 24/7 anonymous tip-line that can be accessed three different ways
||#1 Call 1-844-Saf2Say
(844)-723-2729#2 Safe2saypa.org#3 Safe2Say Something mobile app App is available for download at Safe2saypa.org for both Apple and Android devices.
IN AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS CALL 911
- DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL OR EVACUATION LOCATION UNTIL YOU ARE INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. It will be necessary to keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles. In addition, during a lockdown NO ONE is permitted to enter or exit the school building.
- DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. We understand you concern, but it is essential that the phone system be available for emergency communications.
A.L.I.C.E is a school safety program developed by the ALICE Institute that offers additional options for students and staff when dealing with a violent intruder. The letters A.L.I.C.E are an acronym that stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. These five components form the basis of the programs training.
City Charter High School implemented the program in 2016, training for all students and staff have been completed by our own ALICE Certified Trainer.
If you would like more information on the A.L.I.C.E. Program please watch a video at: https://www.youtube.com/user/ALiCEtraining
Parents and Guardians are encouraged to review the resources provided below.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) https://www.nasponline.org/
American Psychological Association https://www.apa.org/index.aspx
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