Staff Trainings & Building Safety
School Safety Specialists
Indiana Code requires each school corporation to have a certified school safety specialist, however, Carmel Clay Schools goes beyond this minimum requirement and has over twenty certified school safety specialists. Safety specialists complete a five-day basic training sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education in conjunction with the Indiana Criminal Institute focusing on the fundamentals of school safety. Each specialist also completes two additional days of training each year to keep up to date with state and national best practices. More information on School Safety Specialists can be found on the DOE website.
Carmel Clay Schools officials and School Resource conduct crisis response training for their staff and students based upon the concepts of ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). The training focuses on various courses of action that would help participants most effectively respond to a crisis situation. This options-based training highlights situational awareness and decision making. No single response fits all crisis scenarios, however making sure each individual knows his or her options for response will help staff and students react effectively.
Drills are an important aspect of school safety, and will be used as teachable moments for our staff and students. Indiana Code requires each school to conduct monthly fire drills, one severe weather drill per semester, and one man-made occurrence drill per semester. Carmel Clay Schools goes beyond these minimum guidelines to conduct a minimum of two man-made occurrence drills per semester, and participate in the Great Central U.S. Earthquake Drill each year (more information on the Great Central U.S. Earthquake Drill is available online at https://www.shakeout.org/centralus/). In addition, our schools have established strong partnership with local first responders and often have a law enforcement presence at the school during our drills.