The Tuscaloosa City Schools, in partnership with the City of Tuscaloosa and the Police Department, is committed to student safety. In fact, this commitment led to bringing School Resource Officers (SROs) to all schools K-12. The Tuscaloosa City School has established three ways in which students can share concerns about school safety and the well-being of fellow students.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson and Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria sent a letter home to families in January 2019 on the topic. Read the letter.
Is my child safe on campus?The Tuscaloosa City School district is dedicated to providing a safe environment to those entrusted to our care. While the U.S. schools remain relatively safe, any amount of violence is unacceptable. To ensure the safety of all of our students, staff and parents the Tuscaloosa City Schools have taken several safety measures over the years. These safety measures include but are not limited to physical safety, safety policies and practices. TCS has also partnered with city and state agencies to ensure the safety of our students, staff and parents.
What is a closed campus?Closed campus status may be called when there a threat outside the school that is not currently affecting the campus. During this time, teachers and students remain in the classrooms and continue with instructional activities. However, during a call for a closed campus no outside activities will be allowed, and there is limited movement in halls and unsupervised areas.In short, a closed campus looks like a rainy day for students which means no outside activities.
What is a lockdown?Lockdown is an emergency protocol used to protect everyone inside TCS facilities. All interior and outside doors of the building are locked. If evacuation is not a safe option, no one will exit or enter the building. Everyone will stay in a secure location within the building until further notice from law enforcement.
What is ALICE?ALICE, or Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate : ALICE provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. ALICE training option base tactics have become an excepted response versus the traditional lockdown only approach. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety. Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this new set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival should anyone face this form of disaster.
What is Gaggle?
Gaggle is a technology utility that runs in the background of all student TCS Google accounts. This service reveals potentially harmful content in email, documents, shared files, images, photos and more which allows school leaders to be proactive in addressing student and school safety concerns.
How often are safety drills completed?School administrators are responsible for conducting monthly safety drills in compliance with the state and local TCS policies and procedures. Each school conducts searches by using a mixed method approach, including searches of backpacks, hallways, classrooms, etc.. Searches are conducted by school personnel using handheld wands and metal detectors.
Why do we need to show ID when visiting schools?IDs and ID badges allow school administrators to know who is who, and add extra security to the buildings. Schools want to make sure everyone on campus has a legitimate purpose. Showing ID or ID badge is another management tool for campus access control.
What is the TCS procedure for metal detector searches?
Metal Detector Searches Procedures
Metal Detector Searches will be executed regularly during the school year. It is the responsibility of the school administrator to assure that the procedure is followed and reported in the appropriate manner. These searches include but are not limited to the following:
- Walk through at the point of entry
- Conducted at the start of the school day
- Only at the point of entry
- Only at secondary schools
- All students and staff will walk through the metal detector
- Wing metal detector search
- Conducted during school hours
- School administrator lock down a wing of the school
- Search using both walk through detector and hand held wand
- Wing/hall/classroom random search
- Conducted mainly at elementary schools
- Secondary schools may choose to use
- Administrators and SRO/security choose a wing and search personal belongs, back packs using hand held wand
What are learning supports?Learning supports provide resources to help meet the non-instructional needs of students. Additionally, schoolwide supports are provided and implemented to address barriers to teaching and learning, as well as re-engage disconnected students while serving all students. The resources, strategies, and practices that support physical, social, emotional and intellectual development and well-being to enable all students to have an equal opportunity for success.