Safety & Security
Welcome to Avon Grove School District's Safety and Security page! The safety of AGSD students, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance. The District has worked extensively with teachers, administration and the PA State Police to develop high quality safety and security plans, procedures and training. Below you will find information about some of the safeguards in AGSD.
View our Safety & Security Updates video.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call Dr. Jeremy Curtis, Director of Pupil Services/School Safety and Security Coordinator, at 610.869.2441 or email Dr. Jeremy Curtis.
- Safe2Say Something
- School Visitors/Raptor System
- Mobile Emergency Response Plan (MERP)
- Emergency Preparedness
- Active Incidents
- READY ChesCo
On March 12, 2019, Avon Grove School District conducted Safe2Say Something training for students and staff. View the S2SS Student/Staff Presentation conducted by the Sandy Hook Promise staff.
Safe2Say Something (S2SS) is an anonymous reporting system. The program, mandated under PA state law/Act 44, teaches students, teachers, and administrators how to recognize warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult OR use its anonymous reporting system. Specifically, the program educates participants to:
- Recognize the signs and signals of at-risk behaviors – especially within social media
- Take every sign and signal seriously; act quickly to get help by talking to a trusted adult OR
- Report it anonymously through the S2SS Office of the Attorney General 24/7 Crisis Center, mobile app, or website
- Respond to and manage the submitted tip via a school-based multi-disciplinary educator and administrator teams
- Sustain the curriculum and awareness via student clubs, in-school activities and call-to-action weeks
School Visitors/Raptor System
Avon Grove School District has implemented an electronic visitor screening system by Raptor Technologies. All school visitors are required to produce their valid state issued ID to be scanned through our Raptor system at each school building. A visitor ID will be printed through the Raptor system and must be worn at all times during the visit. The system screens for persons who should not have access to a school and alerts administration if an unauthorized person attempts to visit one of our schools.
Mobile Emergency Response Plan (MERP)
Avon Grove School District currently utilizes a system called MERP to electronically house our emergency response plans based on an all-hazards model. Staff have been trained on this program, which is available to them through their laptop, mobile phone, and/or on paper.
The District loves having our parents and community members volunteer at our schools. We also strive to make AG the safest place for our students to learn so we follow a set procedure for any person wishing to volunteer. Please see our Volunteer page for more information.
According to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the top ten potential PA emergencies include: floods, fires, terrorism, winter storms, dam failures, influenza pandemic, hazardous materials incidents, earthquakes and landslides, nuclear facility accidents and tropical storms/tornadoes/thunderstorms. AGSD has an all-hazards plan to account for each of these potential threats and more. Visit Ready PA for information and for resources on how to help keep your family safe.
Active incidents have a low probability but are a high consequence event, therefore, Avon Grove School District strives to be pro-active and intentional about preparing our students and staff for this possibility.
Avon Grove School District utilizes several resources and training methodologies to prepare, with ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) being our primary resource. ALICE is an options based approach incorporating avoid, deny, defend strategies into the repertoire of options available for students and staff.
AGSD also has staff trained in the Department of Homeland Security's recommended Stop the Bleed training. This training allows our staff to appropriately respond to traumatic bleeding, should the need arise, through the use of tourniquets and coagulant infused gauze.
READY ChesCo is Chester County's official source for emergency information and registration is FREE!
READY ChesCo is used to notify you during a major crisis or emergency and delivers important alerts such as weather or community alerts.
You can receive notifications and updates on all or some of your devices:
- E-mail (work or home)
- Cell phone via voice, text or both
This portion of the website will be dedicated to school safety and security updates as well as information about our Safe2Say Something program.