TCSC Safety Overview
Tipton Community School Corporation makes the safety of the students, staff, and our community the highest priority. Teachers can’t teach, and students can’t learn, in an environment that doesn’t prioritize safety. TCSC exceeds the expectations of every Indiana school safety guideline. TCSC has building and district safety committees that meet regularly to review and revise safety plans to ensure overall school safety.
School Safety Specialists
Each Indiana school corporation is required by Indiana Code to have a certified school safety specialist. TCSC goes above and beyond this minimum requirement and has four school safety specialists. Each specialist has completed certified training administered by the Indiana Department of Education focusing on the best and most up-to-date practices. Each specialist also completes two days of additional training each school year to keep up with the most basic as well as advanced fundamentals of school safety. Additional information on school safety can be located on the Indiana Department of Education website.
Tipton Community School Corporation and our school resource officer conduct crisis response training for our staff and students based on the concepts of ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). The training focuses on various courses of action that would help participants most effectively respond to a crisis situation. The options-based training highlights situational awareness and decision-making. No single response fits all crisis scenarios, however, making sure each individual knows his or her options for response will help staff and students react effectively.
Providing a safe and secure learning environment for students is of paramount importance at TCSC. How someone reacts during a crisis or emergency depends on how well they have been trained. 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 drill per semester. TCSC goes above and beyond these minimum guidelines to conduct a minimum of two man-made occurrence drills per semester. These man-made occurrence drills can include active intruder (A.L.I.C.E) drills.