Safety and Security
Conestoga Christian School is committed to the safety of our students, staff, and volunteers. Following the example of Nehemiah, we believe we are called to pray and prepare in order to keep our campus safe. We will endeavor to ensure the physical well being of faculty, staff, and students by assessing and addressing safety issues within the school’s facilities and ensuring effective policies to address the presence of potentially destructive human interactions. Essential to this agenda is training for faculty, staff, and students in appropriate safety and emergency procedures.
In September 2009 the school made an 18 month commitment to join a consortium of public and private schools and participate in the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Grant. The REMS Grant is a federal grant administrated by the Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13). This grant provides a framework for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in regard to critical emergencies that may occur within a school setting.
The decision to join the REMS Grant Consortium came in the wake of increased incidents of school violence throughout our country. In response, CCS Board members and administration met with parents to assess ways we could make our school a safer place. At that time our Critical Incident Plan was reviewed, a Safety and Security Committee was established, safety vulnerability assessments were conducted, and funds were raised by the PTF for the installation of a camera monitoring system. Since that time we have continued to be vigilant in our efforts to create a safe and secure environment for our students and staff. In an effort to insure the effectiveness of the emergency plans the school had in place, a decision was made to participate in the grant project.