Providing a safe and secure environment for our students, staff, and visitors is among our top priorities. We work closely with safety officials – police, fire, emergency medical services, and public health – to ensure our school is well prepared for an emergency. We have developed a comprehensive plan that covers a wide variety of emergencies that serves as a guide to help staff and our public safety partners respond swiftly should a crisis occur.
While some of the security plans and strategies employed by the school are confidential, we also feel it is important to share the following part of our school's safety plan.
- Westlake Academy has an extensive Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that provides general guidance for emergency management activities. This plan is reviewed at least once a year.
- Campus staff including administrators, counselors, nurses, and teachers/staff undergo yearly safety and security training including, but not limited to, emergency standard response protocols, emergency evacuation procedures, CPR and stop the bleed training.
- An interdepartmental safety and security committee meets monthly to discuss campus-wide safety and security issues, review protocols, and make recommendations.
- Emergency drills are conducted on a regular basis . These lockdown, secure, and shelter in place drills are held to prepare for severe weather, hazardous materials, and medical emergencies.
Monitoring & Access
- Campus door locks are checked regularly on exterior and interior doors.
- All visitors are required to check in at the main offices and wear a visitor badge while on campus.
- The school parking lot is monitored regularly. Visitors should park in the spots designated for visitors.
- Keller Police have a regular presence on campus as well as the Westlake Town Marshal.
- Criminal history background checks are conducted on all applicants prior to employment as well as all volunteers.
- The school nurse is a trained firefighter/paramedic with extensive training in emergency response.