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School Safety Improvements

Meridian CUSD 223 is proud to announce we have worked diligently to take significant steps to bolster school safety this upcoming school year. Through the utilization of the LobbyGuard Visitor Management System, NIGHTLOCK Door Barricades, the Safe School Hotline, CrisisGo Alerting and our partnership with Ogle County Sheriff, we believe that we will have a safer environment for students and staff.

LobbyGuard Visitor Management System will be used to help protect our students and staff by tracking visitors, volunteers and vendors who come into our school. The new policy at our school is for all visitors to sign-in to the building via LobbyGuard. You will be required to scan your driver license as part of this process. If you do not have a driver license you should bring another form of valid photo ID when visiting the school. Following the sign-in process a visitor badge is printed and is to be worn at all times while on school property. Any visitor who is not wearing a visitor badge will be escorted to the front office. The badge is self-adhesive and will not damage clothing. Prior to leaving the school all visitors must visit the front office and sign-out out using the LobbyGuard system. Front office staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance as needed. For further information regarding LobbyGuard, please visit: www.lobbyguard.com.

NIGHTLOCK Door Barricades will be installed on all doors throughout the district. The NIGHTLOCK barricade uses the strength of the floor to withstand tremendous force. For further information regarding NIGHTLOCK, please visit: https://nightlock.com/.

If you see something, say something! The Safe School Helpline is a convenient, confidential way for anyone to report information about situations that might affect safety at our school. You can call the number any time of the day or night to report concerns about unsafe or potentially disruptive activities or situations including drug or alcohol abuse, weapons, harassment, bullying or threats. All calls are completely confidential.

CrisisGo is an emergency alerting, communication, and incident management system that will add another level of safety to our buildings by creating a safety platform to alert, communicate, and resolve any emergency or safety issue. For more information regarding CrisisGo, please visit: www.crisisgo.com.

Meridian CUSD 223 and the Ogle County Sherriff’s Department have entered into an IGA providing a School Resource Office on campus at all times. This measure was approved at the August 2nd BOE meeting and will ensure that we have the presence of an SRO at all times. The Ogle County Sherriff’s Department also released the OgleSafe App. This app allows for anonymous reporting and notification of emergencies happening within the area. The app is available through the app store on both Android and Apple products.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and we believe that these steps continue to bolster the ultimate vision of providing our students a safe educational environment with small town values, while achieving world class results. Dr. Caposey, Superintendent of Schools, said “We have made cost effective improvements to enhance the safety and security of our campus. I am proud of the work that has been done and we will continue to evaluate our situation to make our schools as safe and secure as possible.” Mr. Joe Mullikin, Principal at Highland Elementary and District Crisis Management Coordinator, said that “these additions and improvements should provide additional peace of mind to students, staff and stakeholders in order to provide the best education possible.” As a district we are proud of the steps we have taken and look forward to a safe and excellent year.