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Safety Systems in Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Student, staff and visitor safety is Salem-Keizer Public Schools' highest priority. Our nationally-recognized safety systems involve school, district and community-based strategies to prevent, mitigate, and respond to a variety of safety concerns.


 

Preventive & Responsive Systems

Salem-Keizer Public Schools prioritizes safety through strong relationships and comprehensive systems. These systems involve:
  • People
  • Training, drills and exercises
  • Building design, equipment and technology
  • Polices and procedures
Successful safety requires the collective responsibility and accountability of students, staff, families, and the community to maintain a vigilant approach.

People

Safety & Risk Management

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to ensuring the safety of students and staff. To achieve this, the district has a Safety and Risk Management team that addresses the various aspects of physical and psychological safety. This includes emergency operations, threat assessment, campus and district security, and environmental health.

Mental & Behavioral Health

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is dedicated to the safety and well-being of all students and staff. The district has a robust system in place to address mental and behavioral health concerns at all levels, providing support for students, families, and staff wellness.

Community-Based Supports

School-Based & Districtwide Drills, Training & Response Systems

Annual Trainings for All Students & Staff

Each year, under district policy, students and staff receive training in key safety systems and drills. Although some trainings may not be mandatory each year, it is a priority for the district to ensure all members of the team are equipped with the tools to respond to safety needs, whether they be physical or psychological.

Building Design, Equipment & Technology 

Dedication to Upgraded Systems & Facilities

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is the second-largest district in Oregon, with facilities covering more than 90 acres across the community. With safety as a top priority, the district's schools and offices have upgraded security features, partly funded by the 2018 bond. Schools also provide dedicated spaces to support students' social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing.