In an emergency situation, we must be able to contact you.
• Please provide accurate emergency contact information to your child's school at the start of the year.
• Update your contact information with school staff as soon as it changes.
Safety has always been and will always be a priority in Cabarrus County Schools. We are unwavering in our commitment to providing our students and staff with a safe learning and working environment so our staff and students can focus on teaching and learning.
Through long-standing partnerships with the Concord Police Department, Kannapolis Police Department and the Cabarrus County Sherriff’s Department, we have school resource officers (SROs) in all of our schools. Among their many responsibilities, our SROs assess and investigate threats to our school communities. We take every threat seriously and investigate each one thoroughly.
In today’s information on-demand society, it is easy to understand why expectations for immediate information about situations exist. We know students begin contacting their parents and sharing information on social media as soon as an incident occurs (or even in real time as it is unfolding) – a result of the times in which we live. However, this can lead to incomplete and often times incorrect information being conveyed.
- As a district, we want to ensure we are communicating complete and accurate information to parents, the media and our community. Once we have resolved a situation or have secured the safety of our students and staff, we will communicate as quickly as we can. This response includes the return to normal operations, reunification of students with parents (if necessary), as well as communication with parents, staff and the media.
- During emergency situations such as lockdowns or school evacuations, our priority is ensuring the safety of our students and staff and securing our campuses. Most times, we will not communicate until the situation is resolved.
- We must account for hundreds of students – some who need assistance and equipment in order to be moved – as well as, all staff members.
- We also are working with law enforcement, following their instructions as they work to keep us safe, maintain order and in some cases, make clear a path for us to physically move people from one location to another.
Our district has experienced threats. Both real and prank. We are grateful for the assistance law enforcement has provided in assessing, identifying and resolving them.
Prank threats, regardless of the manner in which they are made, are crimes. They divert law enforcement’s time and attention from serving the needs of those in our community who really are experiencing an emergency and need help. Students who share prank posts and spread rumors about pranks can be just as accountable as the person who initiated it.
If a student, parent, or community member becomes aware of a threat, it is important to speak up. Immediately, do the following:
- Tell a responsible adult (parent, police officer, teacher, school administrator)
- Never repost or share the threat on social media or other online platforms
- Remember that time is of the essence – reporting the threat immediately allows the investigation of its validity to begin
- See Something, Say Something – Sandy Hook Promise Resources
- In addition to having SROs in our buildings, we have established safety protocols and procedures
- security vestibule plan – access control
- a visitor registration system
- security cameras on campuses and school buses
- bullying and harassment reporting
- a process for signing students in and out of school
- mandatory drills and safety audits
- SAVE Clubs in all of our middle schools (Sandy Hook Promise Information)
- safety tip line to report safety violations or concerns (Coming Fall 2019)
- Each of our schools has a safety plan that is updated annually and safety audits
- Our district conducts safety drills and additional training throughout the year to ensure that our staff and students know what to do in the event of an emergency or crisis situation
- District-wide safety committee develops and refines safety protocols for the district
- District incident command team manages and coordinates district responses to emergencies and crises