Physical safety, emotional safety, and internet safety are all part of ensuring a safe learning environment for students.
ANONYMOUS TEXT A TIPText knoxschools and an anonymous tip to 274637
What is the school district doing to keep students safe?
- Investing $4.7 million for safety and security.
- Increasing school security officers by 20%.
- Training school security officers in building student relationships, cultural competency, and de-escalation techniques.
- Maintaining and expanding Anonymous Text-a-Tip to include an anonymous tip application for easy sharing of suspicious activity or safety concerns.
- Partnering with community organizations to provide mental health supports.
- Utilizing ParentSquare, a new communications platform, to provide updates and alerts to families.
What are our schools doing to keep students safe?
- Updating the school’s safety plan to meet the evolving threat landscape.
- Upgrading security cameras and physical safety of buildings.
- Tightening up visitor management systems and processes.
- Providing school counselors and social work staff to assess student needs and provide supports for families and students.
- Ensuring school zone safety with protocols and resources for transportation safety.
- Leveraging anti-bullying strategies and proactive student supports.
What are KCS teachers doing to keep students safe?
- Creating a safe and engaging learning environment.
- Building strong relationships with students.
- Monitoring Chromebook and internet activity.
- Completing training in suicide prevention and supports.
- Utilizing restorative and trauma-informed practices to support student behavior and well-being.
What can KCS parents do to keep students safe?
- See Something, Say Something. Report any suspicious activity you see, hear or read to KCS Security and law enforcement by calling KCS Security at 865-594-3624 or text knoxschools and an anonymous tip to 274637. Dial 911 in an emergency or if you feel threatened.
- Verify and update contact information with your school administrator so they may reach you in an emergency.
- Monitor Chromebook and internet activity. All students’ laptops have filtering software installed, but we always recommend parental supervision when your child is online.
- Have regular conversations with your child around what information should remain private. Information such as names, home address, and telephone number should never be shared online.
- Start off the new school year with a new password. Try a positive pass phrase like "Straight A Student!" instead of a complicated password. Do not share passwords.
- Have a safety plan for car riders, bike riders, walkers, and bus riders.
Driving to School?
- When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
- Always stop for school buses loading or unloading children and when flashing lights are engaged.
- Watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in streets and school parking areas.
- If you must use a cell phone while driving in a school zone, always use the hands-free option. Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from using electronic devices while driving, including hands-free devices.
Riding A Bike?
- Make sure your student wears a helmet.
- Choose the safest route and practice it until students can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.
Walking to School?
- Leave early, try to walk with other students, and avoid talking to strangers.
- Teach your child to never get in a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.
Riding the Bus?
- Arrive early at the bus stop.
- Stand at least 6 feet away from the street, and avoid horseplay while waiting.