Comprehensive List of Safety Measures Adopted in 2022
In the spring of 2022, RCPS began researching and formulating a plan to add additional safety measures in our schools. Through this process, many new strategies were approved with the budget in June 2022, while additional strategies were approved during the School Board meeting on July 12, 2022.
Thanks to the input of parents/guardians, staff, and the community, the hard work of our team, and the dedication of our school board, during the 2022-23 school year, RCPS implemented more than 25 additional safety measures, totaling more than $4 million.
The full list of additional measures that were approved on June 28 and July 12 is detailed below. Visit the School Safety & Security webpage for more information, including a list of existing measures.
Approved on July 12, 2022
- Assign additional School Resource Officers (SROs) in schools to ensure at least one officer per school
- Increase the number of cameras in school facilities
- Replace 731 antiquated door lock sets
- Hire a security technician
- Implement a Safety Tip Line that monitors incoming text, voice calls, and emails 24/7.
- Hire three additional assistant principals, so each school has at least one full-time assistant principal to assist with school safety and administration
- Renovate under-sized secure entry areas at Fairview and Hurt Park Elementary Schools
- Provide panic alarms that will be carried by key staff in each school.
Approved on June 28, 2022
- Advocate for legislative changes for additional parent/adult accountability; VA Code §18.2-60, §18.2-308, and §18.2-56.2
- Expand community partnerships and services to support students' mental health needs
- Increase professional development on school safety
- Increase mental health support for students
- Enhance Youth Engagement & Development programming
- Revise the Student Code of Conduct in student-friendly language
- Implement automated lockdown systems in schools during renovations and new construction
- Enclose all remaining open classrooms
- Restructure the department of student support services to enhance the support of student behavior, attendance, accountability, and mental health services
- Reallocate positions from Central Office to schools to support student behavior, and school safety efforts
- Establish a Cell Phone Promise for students and families
- Expand community partnerships to enhance parent/guardian and community engagement
- Create and enhance parent/guardian engagement programming
- Include outsourced partners in the mass notification system
- Distinguish and clarify robocall and emergency communication protocols
- Roll out a mass notification cell phone app to staff and families.
- Implement a parent/guardian-initiated interpreting service available by phone or video