Schools Make Safety Improvements

Schools Make Safety Improvements
Posted on 09/25/2019
Department of Justice

To improve school safety, the Manitowoc Public School District has redesigned school entrances, added a new visitor management system and incorporated safety training for 2019-20 and beyond.


MPSD Superintendent Mark Holzman said the district is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. 


“These security enhancements will improve safety in our schools, and we know that positive relationships also support safe schools,” Holzman said. “We will continue to build positive, lasting relationships with our students and families.”


Aided by School Safety Grants from the State Department of Justice, the Manitowoc Public School District has completed these improvements:


Secure entrances: Building entrances at Riverview, Stangel, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe were redesigned to create a single point of entry for campus visitors. The visitor entrances now direct visitors to the main office where they check in if necessary. 


New visitor management system:  All MPSD school entrances now have the Raptor Visitor Management System. The visitor management system allows the district to track visitors, contractors and volunteers in our schools and provide a more secure environment for students, staff and visitors. During the school day, visitors coming to the school for a meeting, volunteering or other activity beyond the office will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID for scanning. 


The visitor management system checks to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not gaining unauthorized access to our buildings. No additional visitor data is gathered nor is the system connected to any other system beyond MPSD. Once entry is approved, staff will use Raptor to issue a badge that identifies the visitor, date and purpose of his/her visit.


Safety training: Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the MPSD will begin training and utilizing the K12 Standard Response Protocol (SRP) from https://iloveuguys.org/ districtwide. The SRP provides five safety response protocols (LOCKOUT - LOCKDOWN - EVACUATE - SHELTER - HOLD). These standard response protocols are shared with students, staff, visitors and our first responders from the Fire and Police Departments. The SRP is designed to offer safety responses for “all hazards” that may impact the school community and help the district be prepared to take action when needed in crisis or emergency. 


During the first few weeks of school, teachers will be sharing an age appropriate overview to all students. Then, on a monthly basis throughout the school year, all schools will train on one of the five responses. The training is designed to create knowledge, answer questions and build familiarity for all students, staff and visitors. 


Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 Manitowoc Public School District