Safety and Security
Ankeny Community Schools places a strong emphasis on safety at school. The district stresses the importance of everyone in the school conducting themselves carefully and with concern for their own and others’ safety. Students are encouraged to notify teachers or the administration of risks of injury or harm to themselves or others.
Periodically the school will hold emergency drills. At the beginning of each semester, teachers notify students of the procedures to follow for drills/emergencies. Emergency procedures and proper exit areas are posted in all rooms. Students are expected to remain quiet and orderly and follow staff instructions during a drill or an emergency. Students who pull the fire alarm or call in false alarms, in addition to being disciplined under the school district’s policies, rules and regulations, may be reported to law enforcement officials.
Evacuation routes are posted in every room. If an alarm sounds everyone should evacuate immediately and not use the elevators. No one will be allowed to re-enter the building until police and fire departments have issued an “all clear.” Fire drills are held monthly throughout the school year, the first drill takes place within the first ten days of school.
Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for Polk County and sounded by outdoor warning sirens activated by the Polk County Sheriff’s office. Tornado drills are conducted twice a semester. Routes to designated areas are posted in every classroom. Central Office is notified before and after the drill through the district emergency channel.
School Emergency Response Protocols
A school crisis can take a number of forms including an environmental event, such as a chemical spill or gas leak; a weather emergency, such as a tornado warning; or an intruder in or near the school. The nature of a school crisis dictates whether school officials will put in place a lockdown, shelter-in-place, evacuation, or any combination of two of these protocols, as a means to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.
When and Why are Students and Staff Asked to Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place or Evacuate?
- Lockdown — A lockdown is normally in effect when there is a threat inside the school. Students and staff are removed from harm’s way by having them safely located inside secure classrooms or other areas inside the school to reduce the risk of being exposed to the source of potential harm. During lockdowns access to the building is prohibited.
- Shelter-in-Place — Shelter-in-place is instituted when the threat is outside the school. Students and staff are secured inside a classroom or other areas inside the school reducing the risk for exposure to inclement weather or other potential harm such as a gas release.
- Evacuation — Evacuations are typically conducted to remove students and staff from harm’s way by having them safely vacate the school and reassemble in a more secure location.
All visitors need to enter the buildings through the main entrance and check-in/out with the main office. All visitors who proceed into the building will have a visitor sticker with a picture on it. Any adult that is seen without a current employee ID or visitor sticker should be escorted to the office. If unable to escort, call the office for assistance.