School safety continues to be a priority in Gwinnett County Public Schools. What do parents and students need to know as the 2019-20 school year begins?
- This year GCPS will employ 96 School Resource Officers (SROs). These experienced and highly trained police officers are housed in schools— two SROs at every high school, one SRO at every middle school, and several are located at elementary schools. Officers serve their home school as well as other school facilities in the cluster. In addition to policing campuses, SROs focus on educating students and staff on safety issues and working with school administrators on school safety plans.
- Confidential Tip Line—770-822-6513-- allows those reporting information to text or call with information regarding school safety. If you think that someone is carrying a weapon, drugs, or alcohol on school property, or if you believe that you have been the target of violence or threat of violence, or have witnessed violent or threatening conduct by another person, please call or text the tip line. You do not have to provide your name when reporting.
- Visitor Management Systems are in place at all schools, requiring visitors to the school to buzz in at the door before entering the building.
- School and district leaders have reviewed each building’s Emergency Management Plan, making modifications as needed. Approved by the Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management, these plans are the guides to help staff and our public safety partners respond swiftly should a crisis occur. Reunification plans ensure that, in the event of an emergency, students can be evacuated to a safe place where they can reunite with their families.
- GCPS enters year three of using SchoolMessenger to notify parents of emergencies and school closings.
- Parents are encouraged to verify the accuracy of their contact information at the beginning of the school year as this information is used by GCPS to send emergency notifications by phone, email, and text using SchoolMessenger. Schools also may send non-emergency information and attendance notifications by email.
- If a parent has not subscribed to receive text messages they can do so by texting the word “SUBSCRIBE” to the number 67587. (NOTE: If one subscribed to receive text messages last year, there is no need to resubscribe.)
- Emergency messages from Gwinnett County Public Schools will come from the number 1-844-248-6644. Parents can add this phone number to their contacts to easily identify the call as coming from Gwinnett County Public Schools. If a call comes in and is missed by a parent, they can call this number back to retrieve and replay phone notifications.