Students learn best when they know they're safe.
Keeping students safe is our most important job. So, we collaborate with city, county, state, and national safety officials on national best practices. In addition to our central office staff and our incredible ACSC Police Department, we employ 12 certified Indiana School Safety Specialists who are trained to lead the development and implementation of school safety practices within our schools. We have 20 people on our staff who have completed School Safety Specialist training.
We invite you to read through the content on this page so you can learn more about the work we are doing to make sure Avon Schools are safe schools. Contact us if you need more information or if you have questions.
Would you like to visit a school?Avon Schools require all visitors to check-in at the front office using our visitor management system, Safe Visitor. This system requires visitors to scan their driver's license or state identification card for a check of their record. A temporary badge is provided to all visitors to wear while in our buildings. As our visitors leave school, they scan and return that badge to front office staff.
Are you interested in volunteering at school or attending a field trip?
All volunteers must have a criminal history background check done prior to volunteering at school. You can check with the building's front office staff to see if your background check is current. If you have multiple students who attend multiple schools in Avon, you only need one criminal background check.
Indiana weather can be unpredictable. From time to time, it may cause us to call for a delay, early dismissal, e-learning day, or even a closure. We will notify you of delays, early dismissals, and cancellations via ParentSquare, social media, and our website. You can also watch for updates on local TV: CBS4, WRTV-6, WISH-TV8, WTHR-13, and FOX59.
Here are the factors we consider in the decision-making process and some helpful resources for caregivers and students alike.
The safety of our students and staff is always our primary consideration. School is one of the safest places to be even when the weather is bad:
- State, Town, and Avon Schools staff do a great job clearing highways, streets, and school lots.
- Buses are safe, warm, and better-equipped to handle poor conditions than most cars.
- School buildings are warm, dry, well-lit and secure even in the worst weather.
Remaining open and on-time is often the best decision for families:
- Caregivers don't have to decide who remains home.
- Children don't have to spend the day unattended.
- School cafeterias serve nutritious lunches.
- Temperature is often no better two hours later than it is early in the morning.
- Parents of student drivers can sign up to ride the bus by contacting Transportation at (317) 544-6140 at least 36 hours in advance.
The timing of delays and closures can be tricky because the weather changes fast and forecasts can be wrong. We rarely make the call to delay or cancel school at night. Most often, we do so in the morning. That gives our team the chance to make the most accurate assessment possible.
There is no formula for the amount of snow, ice, sleet, wind or low temperature necessary to cause a delay, early dismissal, or cancellation. Whenever there's a forecast of winter weather, a team of district administrators hits the road before 4:30 a.m. to assess. They compare notes, watch developments, and consult with local authorities on road conditions. We strive to make a decision and communicate with parents by 6:00 a.m.
Drills are an important aspect of school safety and will be used as teachable moments for our staff and students. Indiana Code requires each school to conduct monthly fire drills, one severe weather drill per semester, and one man-made occurrence (lockdown) drill per semester.
Avon Schools utilize the concepts of ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) when conducting lockdown drills. ALICE focuses on various courses of action that help staff and students respond most effectively to a crisis situation. This is an options-based training, highlighting situational awareness and decision making. No single response fits all crisis scenarios, however making sure staff and students know their options for response will help them to react effectively.
Avon Community Schools takes the safety of our students and staff seriously, and we work continuously to provide the safest and most secure learning environment possible.
School Safety Coordinator
Avon Schools kicked off the New Year by welcoming a new School Resource Officer to the Police Department. Officer Shelby James was sworn in on January 2 by Chief Sam Leahy.
Samuel Leahy has been hired to serve as Chief of the Avon School Police Department. Leahy joins his wife, Amanda, a long-time Math Teacher at Avon High School, as an Avon Schools employee.
The Avon Schools Police Department has won a $500,000 grant from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) as part of the national School Violence Prevention Program.