Student Health and Safety and Building Security

Garfield has a Safe Room in the event of severe weather, security cameras to promote building security and practices Safety Drills and Crisis Drills to promote student safety. Students also receive health screenings. For more information read below.

Safe Room

Garfield School has a safe room to protect students, staff, and members of the community in the event of severe weather.

Security Monitoring
Garfield School uses security cameras that monitor and record entrances/exits of our building providing us with extra sets of eyes. The south and west front doors, nearest the office, are open during school hours. All other exterior doors are secured. This allows us to monitor visitors to our building. We ask that all visitors stop in the office when they arrive at the building.

Crisis Drills
Garfield School conducts Crisis Drills. During a crisis drill which means, there is a lock down situation, staff clears the hallways, accounts for all students under your supervision, locks doors, pulls shades, gets students away from windows and doors, and maintains silence. Lock down drills and incidents will be announced as follows: “AN EMERGENCY SITUATION EXISTS!" Only the building principal or his/her designee in charge may issue the "ALL CLEAR" for the classroom teachers.

Weapons Policy

A student shall not knowingly possess, handle or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon on the school grounds, a school bus, or off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event. This policy shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon. Possession of a firearm shall result in expulsion from school for a period of one school year, except that the superintendent may recommend that this expulsion requirement be modified on a case-by-case basis. The Parsons District Schools maintain a safe environment for all students. Possession of any type of knife by a student, deemed a weapon by administration, may result in suspension.

Safety Drills
Garfield School conducts Safety Drills. During a fire drill, students must evacuate the building as safely and quickly as possible. During a tornado drill, students move to the Safe Room in the building as safely and quickly as possible. Each classroom/teacher has the directions, routes, and places to locate for each drill. Every student must participate and follow the teachers' directions closely. The drills are designed to prevent injury and save lives and therefore are treated very seriously.

Health Services

A vision test is given to students in second grade. Hearing screening is provided for students in third grade in addition to any other pupil referred by teacher, parent, or doctor. If a student fails the screening a written notice will be sent to the parent. Student health records will be maintained and updated by the school nurse.

School Notification System
All schools in Parsons USD #503 use a communication tool. The principal of each school can make one phone call that can be sent to all parents in a matter of minutes. This tool will be used for snow days and important messages.