• 4 Areas of Safety Planning

Safety

  • The safety, security and well-being of students and staff are one of the top priorities at CMS. We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students to succeed. When necessary, notifications and updates will be sent to keep parents informed of events or issues at or close to their child's school. Students WILL NOT be released during any emergency response until all-clear has been given by law enforcement and safe, orderly dismissal is possible.

    Each school has emergency and safety plans developed in collaboration with our local law enforcement and emergency responders to guide effective and efficient responses. Any threats to ֶƵschool are taken seriously and investigated immediately and thoroughly by local law enforcement, CMSPD and ֶƵadministrators. In North Carolina, it is a felony to make such threats, and anyone found to have communicated a threat is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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    Personnel

    • School Resource Officers (SROs) in schools are trained for emergencies, and the staff knows to contact law enforcement anytime there is a perceived threat to safety and security.
    • Student mental health and support staff are always available, including counselors, psychologists, social work and partnerships for school-based mental health services. Parents can contact school staff if they notice disturbing changes in behavior or think their children may need mental/emotional support for any reason.

    Buildings

    • All schools are required to create and update a safety plan to be activated in an emergency. While the staff is trained to implement this plan, specific details in these plans are kept confidential to ensure maximum security effectiveness.
    • Lock-down drills are conducted twice annually and evaluated for improvement. Students and staff practice emergency procedures to block access to rooms. 
    • Closed campuses at all schools with exterior access doors locked and admittance controlled. Violations should be reported to school staff. Building security features:
      • Secured doors, main entry buzz-in and camera systems at all schools.
      • Fencing around school grounds.
      • Future school buildings are planned with security vestibules at the entrance.
    • Lobby area technology (Lobby Guard) provides background screening for all visitors, volunteers and guests, alerting staff when persons who should not be on campus attempt to be admitted.

    Prevention

    • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools encourages safe storage and handling of firearms.  Watch this to see how to properly secure a firearm.
    • El almacenamiento de armas de fuego en lugares seguros
    • Access for students grades 6-12 to the  system, including an app, website and 800 number, for submitting tips about possible threats to schools or students who may harm themselves.
    • Active survival instruction and training by a specialized CMSPD Instructor yearly for all ֶƵstaff and employees.
    • anonymous reporting platform.
    • Additional protocols and procedures at every school and ֶƵfacility are not disclosed to preserve safety and security.
    •  are actively monitoring entrances at our , K-8 and middle schools.  Additional Body scanners have been deployed for afterschool and athletic events.

    Support

    • CMS, law enforcement, community agencies and partners will remain vigilant to keep students and staff safe in every Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools classroom, building and facility.

    Resources

    The following informational flyers are provided to aid our families in initiating safe firearm storage. These resources are shared both in English and Spanish.