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School Safety

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. For the 2021-22 school year, 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.

Visitor & Volunteer Tracking

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.

View our Volunteer Policy

ACSC Anti-Bullying Initiative

Winter Weather Delays and Closures

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.

Safety Drills

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.

Safety Resources for Parents

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Our Mission

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. 

Contact Us

Deb Swain-Bayless
School Safety Coordinator

Chase Lyday
Chief, ACSC Police Department

Officer Terance Smith: SRO of the Year

ACSC School Resource Officer (SRO) Terance Smith is the 2021 National Association of School Resource Officers Region 5 SRO of the Year.

Resources

  • Common Sense Media - CSM is an excellent source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. 
  • KidSmartz - This child safety program educates families about preventing abduction and empowers kids in grades K-5 to practice safer behaviors.
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children - This national nonprofit's mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization.