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SAFETY & SECURITY

Safety and security for the children and our staff on campus is a priority at all times. St. Bartholomew Parish recently underwent a review of safety measures and completed a comprehensive capital improvement plan.  

 

The campus currently utilizes more than 25 security cameras spread throughout the campus's indoor and outdoor spaces.  Self-locking security doors are in place on our campus, and exterior doors are remotely monitored and locked at all times.  Beginning in April 2024, St. Bartholomew School will begin phase one of a keyless and scalable security platform for continuous and safeguarded communication, offering smartphone-enabled applications to help us control the system on the go and handle the complex needs of a multi-site and multi-technology campus like St. Bartholomew’s Parish. 

 

Children are supervised at all times while on campus as they move between classrooms and buildings.  Teachers and staff regularly engage in various drills and safety demonstrations, and are equipped with the knowledge and training to respond to critical incidents.  These exercises are practiced regularly to ensure that procedures are not only properly followed but also to make students and teachers comfortable and confident.

All volunteers on campus, including parents, are required to go through child protection training using the Archdiocese of Washington’s  VIRTUS program.   VIRTUS training includes online training modules, as well as fingerprinting and background checks.  St. Bartholomew School follows all ADW guidelines concerning this mandatory safety requirement.

We continue to monitor our procedures and policies to ensure that when your child is on campus, they are in a safe and secure environment at all times.   However, safety is more than just locks; it is about community and security in knowing someone is there for you at all times.  Our teachers work as a team to make sure each child is safe– physically and emotionally– to provide an optimal learning environment. 

 

If you have any questions about our campus security, please feel free to contact the school office.

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