SAFETY AND SECURITY
The Upper Dauphin Area School District (UDASD) takes the safety and security of its students and staff very seriously. As such, the UDASD implements an All-Hazards Plan, Safety Committee, Chemical Management System and other efforts to ensure that students can learn in a safe and secure environment.
The UDASD also works closely with the Pennsylvania State Police, local fire companies and emergency medical services (EMS), local municipalities, Dauphin County Department of Public Safety and surrounding school districts to help ensure a state of readiness for a variety of different types of emergency situations.
The Upper Dauphin Area School District (UDASD) has developed and continually updates an All-Hazards Plan. The All-Hazards Plan contains information about how the UDASD will address the key components of emergency management: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Each of these areas are important and the UDASD spends a lot of time each year ensuring readiness through training and testing efforts. The All-Hazards concept means that the UDASD will be able to respond to all types of emergencies–even those it has not included in its plan. Due to the nature of the All-Hazards Plan, the contents are considered ‘Operational Security’ and are not made available to the general public.
A subset of information is made available in the Emergency Management Guide for Parents. Parents are encouraged to review this information each year with their child to help them be part of the emergency management process.
The Upper Dauphin Area School District (UDASD) has a safety committee that is responsible for oversight of safety activities within the UDASD. The safety committee meets monthly. The members of the safety committee undergo an annual training course to assist them in the performance of their functions.
Members of the Safety Committee are:
Brent E. Bell, Administration (Chair)
Mary Bateman, Administration
Heidi Zerby, Elementary School
Michele Grow, Elementary School
Renee Forney, Student Services
Aleshia Hoffman, Food Service
Kerry Peck, Middle School
Elizabeth Summers, Middle School
Tom Hoffman, Middle School
George Skelton, Buildings and Grounds
David Talhelm, Buildings and Grounds
Becci Mauser, High School
Todd Ayers, High School
Price Buffington, School Board
The Upper Dauphin Area School District (UDASD) has chemicals within its buildings. As such, it is important to provide information about the chemicals that are stored and used to persons that learn and work within those buildings. In addition, it is important that first responders have access to such information in the event of a fire or other emergency situation.
The UDASD uses MSDS Online to store the Material Safety Data Sheets related to the chemicals that it stores and uses within its premises. These range from chemicals used for cleaning to chemicals used within science classrooms.
The following resources may be useful to parents regarding emergency situations in our schools and the home: