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Safe Schools
The safety and well-being of our children continues to be a top priority in our district.  BCS' efforts were enhanced in 2005 with the awarding of a $246,000 federal grant to assist in school violence prevention, crisis management and emergency response procedures.

Uses of the federal money include:
  • Property Accountability Study - Comprehensive campus blueprints.

  • SchoolMessenger® - Rapid phone notification system for emergency calls to parents/guardians and employees.

  • Training and Staff Development - Threat assessment, Emergency Drills, Incident Command and Crisis Trauma Protocol and Training.

BCS Safe Schools Plan - Part B (Moldovan)
BCS Safe Schools Plan - Part B (Russian)
BCS Safe Schools Plan - Part B (Spanish)
Revised translations are not available at this time.  They will be posted as soon as they are available.
All BCS principals have been trained on the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

NIMS is the first-ever standardized approach to incident management and response. Developed by the Department of Homeland Security and released in March 2004, it establishes a uniform set of processes and procedures that emergency responders at all levels of government will use to conduct response operations.

In early January, in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and Superintendent Baldwin formed a Safe Schools task force to:
   1)evaluate our current safe schools plans and procedures,
   2) evaluate the best practices of other school district's,
   3) review the current resources within the school system, the sheriff's office, and the community, and
   4) make recommendations regarding better use of existing resources or development of any new resources
       or procedures to improve school safety.
At the April 11, 2013 meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Education, the Safe Schools Task force presented their findings and recommendations to the Board, utilizing the PowerPoint presentation below, which contains the results of several surveys including the phone survey responded to by over 5,000 parents and staff, the online version of that same survey (over 1000 responses), and additional online surveys conducted by individual schools. 
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