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Vermilion Local Schools

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Safe Schools Procedures

Safe School Helpline

People often hesitate to report concerns or suspicions about safety issues when they aren't positive it poses a serious problem, may not know all the facts or are worried about getting involved for fear of retaliation.


Based on the concept of "see something, say something," the Safe Schools Safe Communities Helpline is designed to allow people to anonymously report concerns when individuals may hurt themselves or others - - before something happens. Individuals can call or text 24 hours a day with concerns about individuals who may harm themselves or others. 


This number does not replace 911. Please call 911 if you witness or know that an emergency IS occurring, someone IS hurt, someone IS in the act of harming someone else, or IS in the act of damaging or stealing property.


The Safe Schools Helpline has introduced a new app that can be downloaded from your mobile phone store. The app puts connectivity to the helpline in your hand for immediate access if needed—download Safe School Helpline.


The Safe Schools. Safe Community Helpline, Security Voice Service Phone number is as follows:

The Safe Schools, Safe Community Helpline is free to callers and confidential. It is an anonymous helpline that operates 24 hours/7 days a week. Another feature of the helpline is the 24-hour availability of suicide prevention and mental health counseling by trained counselors. 


This school and community resource offer youth, teens, and adults the opportunity to share concerns that may pose a safety threat to schools or citizens. The anonymous helpline is an extension of the "See Something, Say Something safety plan that has successfully prevented and responded to serious threats and violence.


Vermilion Local School District has a written Crisis Response Plan to guide our response to various emergency situations.  
The district-wide plan is reviewed bi-monthly by the District Crisis Team, a committee that includes the superintendent, assistant superintendent, building principals, teachers, classified personnel, and the school resource officer.  
A copy of the district's Crisis Response Plan is issued to all staff members each year.  Building Crisis Teams hold regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the Plan and safety procedures.  Recommendations are taken from the Building Crisis Teams to the District Crisis Team as needed.  Suggestions are reviewed by the district team and the plan is updated with relevant material.  Members of the building and district crisis teams attend safety workshops and seminars annually to get new ideas for the local plan. 
FOR PARENTS: A copy of the district’s Crisis Response Plan is available in each building office and in your child’s classroom.  


SAFETY INSPECTIONS: Inspections are completed annually by the Ohio Highway Patrol, the State Fire Marshal, Erie County Health Department, and on request by the county emergency management agency.


FIRE & TORNADO DRILLS: Drills are conducted monthly on a schedule required by the State of Ohio. 


BUILDING EVACUATION: Each building has an evacuation plan for fire and other emergencies.  Students are evacuated from their building and are not permitted to re-enter until the building administrator and/or safety forces have approved re-admittance. If the evacuation is expected to last for a prolonged period of time, students will be moved to the next nearest school building.  If both buildings need to be evacuated, students will be moved to a pre-planned secondary evacuation site.


BUILDING LOCK DOWN PROCEDURES: Each month every school building conducts a lock down drill. This type of drill provides training for students and staff in case of an intruder or other threat. During a lock down drill ALL doors in the building are locked. In the middle school, hall gates are pulled down and locked. Staff and students remain in shelter-in-place mode in their classroom. Blinds are pulled with staff and students moving to an area in the classroom away from doors and windows. Entry into any area is under the authority of the building principal. The School Safety Officer, School Resource Officer, and city safety forces are sometimes involved in the lock down drills.  

BUILDING SECURITY:  Exterior doors of all school buildings are kept locked throughout the school day. All visitors must enter through the main entrance to be granted access during the school day.  Visitors must sign in at the office and wear a visitor name tag while in the building.  All staff members are instructed to report any unauthorized persons to the office immediately.  Staff members are issued picture identification badges that are updated annually.  

All buildings are equipped with security systems that include video monitoring both inside and outside the building. Building floor plans are on file with the police and fire departments.  Room numbers are displayed in windows and all exits are numbered for ease of communication with safety forces.

BUS SAFETY:  School buses are inspected annually and randomly throughout the year by the Ohio Highway Patrol. School bus drivers are required to take annual physicals and are subject to random drug testing.  Bus drivers practice emergency evacuation drills at least twice each school year.  All buses are in constant radio contact with the Transportation Supervisor and the Board of Education office. Bus drivers going out of town are issued cellular telephones to use only in case of emergency.

NURSING STAFF:  Nurses are assigned to the Vermilion Schools through the Erie County General Health District.  These individuals are on duty in every school for a scheduled period each day. 

COOPERATION WITH SAFETY FORCES: The Vermilion Police Department, Vermilion Fire Department, and Lorain County SWAT Team regularly use school facilities for training.  This cooperation allows these first responders to become familiar with our school facilities to save time in the event of an emergency.  

HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBILITY: In an effort to safely serve students, parents, and the general public, numerous handicapped accessibility issues have been addressed.  All buildings are 100% handicapped accessible.  Improvements in elevators, rest rooms and entrances have increased access for individuals who are challenged.  Please contact the school Principal with any questions regarding accessibility.