Our greatest responsibility is to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors. We continually strive to enhance our safety and security initiatives through open communication, strong community partnerships, progressive policies and procedures, and proactive action by our staff.
Safe School Tip Line & Mobile App
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the launch of “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students and school facilities. The Governor made the announcement at the Maryland EmergencyManagement Agency (MEMA) with student leaders, education officials, members of law enforcement and others in attendance.
This resource will serve as an effective tool for communication between school communities, school safety personnel, and law enforcement. Students, family members, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained technicians will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Our Essential Partners
We meet on a regular basis with our partners to discuss priorities, share information, and plan ahead. Our essential partners include:
- Caroline County Sheriff’s Department
- Caroline County Emergency Services
- Town police departments
- Maryland state police
- Caroline County Health Department & private health care providers
- Caroline County Government
In partnership with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department, we have three School Resource Officers (SRO) that provide coverage for our five secondary schools. Our other schools are covered by town police who are in the schools on a daily basis. The role of the SRO is to build positive relationships with students and staff, and to the extent possible, resolve issues before they escalate.
School Security: School Resource Officers
Colonel Richardson High
Colonel Richardson Middle
Caroline Career & Technology Center
North Caroline High
Officer Gestole is a year-round SRO. In the summer months, he updates our countywide and school crisis plans and protocols, and provides training to staff.
Each school has a school-based crisis plan which is updated annually and includes ‘active shooter’ response protocol. School-based crisis plans are reviewed with local law enforcement officers as well as SRO Gestole.
CCPS has established security measures in each building:
- Exterior doors are locked during school hours.
- Identification badges are issued to staff, local law enforcement, and select partners needing building access.
- Proximity ID card readers are installed in multiple exterior locations at all schools.
- Employees are trained to not hold doors open or leave doors propped open.
- Visitors are viewed on video surveillance cameras before being granted access to the building.
- Once in the office, visitors are required to log into a system that scans all national databases to identify convicted child sex offenders.
- Each school has multiple video surveillance cameras. In the event of an emergency, these can be viewed ‘live’ by the County’s 911 Call Center.
All CCPS staff is trained in:
CRASE: Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event which trains in three important elements:
- ADD = Avoid, Deny, Defend – Every situation is different
- Situational Awareness – plan for the unexpected
- See Something, Say Something – pay attention to changes in behaviors of students and staff
In 2018, Governor Hogan provided funding for safety and security measures in local school systems. At that time CCPS established a steering committee comprised of staff and partners with the appropriate expertise to direct funds as needed in the most efficient and effective ways.
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services