Safety a Top Priority at Lakota

Safety a Top Priority at Lakota
Posted on 09/27/2017
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photo of safety simulationThe safety, health, and well-being of Lakota students, staff, volunteers, and visitors is a top priority of the district, and goes well beyond the safe and secure entrance you notice at each school building. It also goes beyond the 10 school resource officers (uniformed law enforcement officers, either deputies from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office or police officers from the West Chester Police Department) that serve Lakota schools.    

Each year, schools meet a number of safety requirements set forth by the state of Ohio. These include: 

  • Submitting an emergency management plan. 

  • Providing students with safety and violence prevention training. Lakota uses ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training for handling the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. A tiered approach is used – the training for seniors is very different from first-graders.   

  • Monthly fire drills.

  • Tornado drills during May, June and July. 

  • Three safety drills.

An example of a safety drill is the K-9 search that took place at Lakota West High School last week. A search of lockers and hallway areas took place during classtime, and the school was under an internal lockdown during the search. The entire process took 15 minutes and did not detect illegal drugs or contraband. 

Other initiatives include the text-a-tip program created through Lakota’s District Parent Council in consultation with our Butler County SROs, safe driving classes, self-defense classes, suicide/self-harm procedures and mental health support and services. 

Lakota’s District Safety Team meets quarterly and consists of central office personnel, building administration, all Lakota SROs, a member of the school board, and other local law enforcement supervisors.  

Pictured: Ongoing safety training takes place throughout Lakota. A recent exercise has Lakota staff, local first responders, special response teams, and emergency management agencies participating in a simulated response to a local hazardous materials spill.