• School safety measures

    Bellefonte Area School District has a priority to make sure our staff and students are safe while in school. Much of the district’s safety information is protected to avoid information that could be released and therefore may be detrimental to the safety of our staff and students, as it could provide insight that enables a perpetrator to move more easily through the system.

    Safety and security procedures (publicly shared):

    • ALICE protocol and training
      • ALICE – alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate – is an active shooter civilian response used at the district and practiced by employees and students.
    • Engage regularly in a variety of drills
    • Security cameras present on district grounds and in district buildings and facilities
    • Daily use of two school resource officers through Bellefonte police
    • Locked and secure vestibules with a two-door entry system
      • All doors to district building are locked with a single visitor access point that utilizes School Gate Guardian to check in visitors. The check-in system conducts a background check of the guest prior to further entrance of the building. Those guests are given a printed badge with their name and destination.
    • Break-resistant safety film on the glass of school offices
    • Classroom doors that are closed and locked when students are present
    • 50 more two-way radios provided to staff, under a grant through Act 44
    • Lettered and numbered exterior doors of district buildings, for emergency services
    • Use of SchoolGuard app
      • Used among district employees to push out information about an emergency or threat to others in the building who use the app, and easily and automatically contacts authorities.