Posts Tagged ‘safety’


Richland Creek Elementary construction management firm honored for safety record

Richland Creek Elementary became the first construction site in N.C. to earn SHARP employee safety recognition in a ceremony at the construction site in Wake Forest on May 20.

Students encouraged to call new safety tip line to keep schools safe

Students can keep schools safe by sharing safety concerns using a new Wake County Public School System tip line. Continue Reading . . .

Drive Safely with Start of New School Year

Drivers will find students headed back to school when the Wake County Public School System’s traditional calendar schools begin the new year on August 26. Continue Reading . . .

Apex High wins Subway W8 2 TXT competition

Apex High students won the Subway W8 2 TXT High School Competition.  Continue Reading . . .

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 3-9

The Wake County Public School System joins with the N.C. Department of Public Safety in encouraging families to consider their preparedness as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 3-9. Continue Reading . . .

Police mentor students in after school programs

Strong community partnerships are an important part of preparing Wake County students for college and career. In one of those programs, law enforcement officers keep students engaged with a mix of fun activities, team building and academic incentives. Continue Reading . . .

Board of Education receives update on school safety and security

As the national conversation on school safety and security continues, school principals, district leaders and members of the WCPSS security team are taking every possible opportunity assure families, employees and the larger WCPSS community that our schools are safe and continued student safety is one of the district’s top priority.

Keeping Schools Safe

  • WCPSS has a comprehensive district-wide Emergency Operations plan to ensure schools, security, law enforcement, emergency personnel and district leaders all work together quickly and efficiently to handle any emergency situation.
  • Each school has its own emergency response plan based on district guidelines. Each teacher, staff member and student learns and practices his or her specific roles through two emergency drills annually
  • WCPSS continually reviews its emergency plans, working closely with law enforcement and emergency responders to update plans as needed to increase effectiveness.

In addition to these measures, WCPSS Senior Director of Security Russ Smith presented an update to the Board of Education on Tuesday, reviewing school security practices and presenting research and recommendations in light of the ongoing community conversations about school safety. Continue Reading . . .

A message from the Superintendent about school safety


Dear WCPSS students, parents and community:

Our hearts remain heavy today as we continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, in light of Friday’s tragic events.

I want to assure all families of the Wake County Public School System that safety and academic success are our top priorities for every student. Continue Reading . . .

For parents: Reassuring your child in times of crisis

The safety, well being, and success of our students are our top priorities here in Wake County.

Our hearts go out to the families and community in Connecticut who have been affected by today’s tragic incident.

In times like these, children may be worried about their safety and the safety of their loved ones. We encourage parents to view these helpful guidelines for parents from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Talking to Children About Violence (PDF)  [EN ESPANOL]

This is also a good time to review safety procedures with your child. Each school in the Wake County Public School System follows a protocol of lockdown procedures in case of emergency. It’s important for parents to be familiar with the procedures as well.

For parents: What happens during a lockdown?

Questions? Concerns?

Parents are encouraged to reach out to their school principals and administrators for more information about safety at school.

National School Bus Safety Week

Keeping students safe at the bus stop is a community responsibility. That’s why the Wake County Public School System uses National School Bus Safety Week, October 22-27, as an opportunity to remind all motorists to drive carefully around stops. Continue Reading . . .