School Safety and Threat Assessment
School Safety and Security Coordinator Daniel Troutman
717-692-2108 ext 3101
Safety and Security Measures
Because of our commitment to safety and security preparedness, the Millersburg Area School District has the following structures in place.
All-Hazards Plan – Our All-Hazards Plan is the framework for a unified response to an emergency on school property. Developed and annually reviewed with community first responders, this plan empowers District administrators to act quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency.
School Safety & Security Coordinator – Working in coordination with the administrative team, coordinates and spearheads efforts focused on promoting the safety of our schools.
Emergency Management Coordination – We are grateful to maintain close working relationships with municipal and state first responders and emergency management professionals who help to guide planning our response to the emergencies that could occur on our campuses.
Threat Assessment Protocol - Pursuant to Act 18 of 2019, MASD established a Threat Assessment Team comprised of school administrators and mental health professionals. This team is designed to assess and intervene with students whose behavior may indicate a threat to the safety of the student, other students, school employees, school facilities and the community. This team coordinates with law enforcement and outside services when necessary to ensure a safe outcome for all stakeholders. Team members and district administrators were trained in the utilization of Comprehensive Threat Assessment Guidelines derived from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
General Practices & Procedures
Building Visitor Procedures – We require visitors to sign in each school office for every visit.
Surveillance Camera Systems – Cameras are positioned in our buildings are evaluated regularly and upgraded over time.
Professional Development – We provide teaching and learning opportunities for staff on safety procedures (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) and steps to be taken in more general critical incident scenarios like severe weather events.
Learning Experiences for Students – Various drills such as fire drills, severe weather drills, and intruder or evacuation drills are examples of measures taken by our schools to prepare students for an emergency. We recognize developmental differences among our K-12 students and attempt to tailor these trainings and drills appropriately in an effort to prepare students without frightening them.
Administrative Searches - As one facet of providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students, we take proactive measures to prevent illegal materials from being present in our schools. All hallways and gym lockers are the property of the school and are loaned to our students. Thus, school officials may search student lockers if the building administrator has a reasonable belief that a student's locker contains an article which is in violation of federal, state or local law, school policies or regulations. Per our school board policy, these searches may include the use of canine units. Any illegal materials found as a result of a search may be used as evidence against the student in disciplinary, juvenile, or criminal proceedings.
The search of a student's person and personal property will be permitted when there is a reasonable belief that the student has on his or her person items in violation of federal, state, or local laws. If a search requires a pat-down, the search shall be conducted by a designated school official of the same sex in the presence of another school staff member. The designated school official may use additional security devices to aide in the search. Our desire is that students continue to be part of the solution in helping to make our schools safe places to learn by reporting any illegal materials to an adult.
Often, the most important piece of safety and security is obtaining key information before someone makes the decision to commit a harmful act. Receiving tips and information in advance of anything happening allows us to investigate and take proactive steps to prevent harm from occurring. If something does not look, sound, or feel right, we encourage anyone to report the concern.
There are numerous ways for students and parents/guardians to report concerns, including:
- Tell an adult (teacher, staff member, administrator)
- Contact Mr. Troutman by calling 717-692-2108 or emailing email@example.com
- Submit an anonymous tip using Pennsylvania's Safe2Say Something website or mobile app.
If something happens outside of the school day, contact the PA State Police for an immediate response.
When fielding concerns, school administrators start with an investigation. During investigations, administrators are looking for specific details - time, location, and individuals involved. The more specific, the better. Timely reporting is also key to investigations.
School actions or discipline are based upon board policy, the Student Code of Conduct, and federal/state regulations by which school must abide.
How We Communicate During Emergencies
We work very intentionally to develop and send messages that keep our many stakeholders informed. We focus on providing clear and accurate information before releasing it to the public. While we understand that people may want immediate details, our goal is to provide information as timely as possible, ensuring that what we release is accurate. We also coordinate with our local police departments to ensure that the information shared is clear and consistent.