School Safety Protocols

Suicide Prevention

Feeling hopeless, helpless, or depressed can result in extreme emotional pain and desperation. Sometimes these feelings result in thoughts of suicide, but it is important to let the person with these thoughts know that there is help and hope. If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, talk to a trusted adult or call 988.
Suicide Prevention Resources:

Crisis Management and Safety Planning

Goshen Community Schools Safety/Crisis Intervention Plan includes policies and procedures to ensure a safe and orderly environment that promotes the health and well-being of students and staff.  The plan outline is:

ASSESS (gather information)
RUN (if optimal conditions exist)
HIDE (if evading is not an option)
FIGHT (as a last resort)

School Resource Officers

Goshen Community Schools and the Goshen Police Department work closely together to develop our safety response protocols and also provide officers for our buildings.  We currently have four School Resource Officers (SRO) that work directly with staff and students.  This position not only provides on-site police presence in case of emergencies, but it also allows the officers to create relationships with students and staff.
Officer Tommy Steele

Officer Tommy Steele
Goshen Junior High School

Office Tara Powell

Officer Tara Powell
Goshen Intermediate School

Officer Don Cramer

Goshen High School

I Love U Guys Foundation

The “I Love U Guys” Foundation’s programs for crisis response and post-crisis reunification are used in more than 40,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations and communities around the world. They are created through the research-based best practices of school administrators, psychologists, public space safety experts, families, and first responders.

The plan also includes reunification and recovery planning which is created by the I love u Guys Foundation
Standard Response Protocol /El Protocolo de Respuesta Estándar

Standard Reunification Method/Método de Reunificatión Estándar

STOPit – Bullying and Safety App

As a student, parent, or community member, you have the power to keep our school district safe. We rely on you to be our eyes and ears-letting us know when there is a possible danger. Be a lifesaver and help stop a potential school crisis or school bullying!
3 parts must be present for the behavior to be labeled BULLYING.

Behavior (physical, verbal, written, cyber) is unwanted and aggressive.
Behavior is repeated over and over.
Behavior with a power imbalance (younger vs older; bigger vs littler, etc.).For more information on Indiana State guidelines regarding bullying and prevention, click here.

Raptor Visitor Management System

Goshen Community Schools uses the Raptor Visitor Management System that instantly screens for registered sex offenders in 50 states. The system can also screen for individuals with restraining orders, custody issues, and active warrants through the local police department by entering this information into the custom alert. Once a visitor is cleared through the system, a sticker will be printed that includes the visitor’s name,  picture, the date and time they entered the building, and their destination. Parent letter regarding the Raptor System in English and Spanish.

School Guard

According to Homeland Security, it takes 4-11 minutes for a 911 call to be processed and first responders dispatched, and 4-18 minutes for a first responder to be on the scene and act. SchoolGuard active shooter alert app shortens these notification and response times and greatly improves the chance of saving lives, with the touch of a smartphone screen.