Safety for our students, staff and community are extremely important to Springdale Park Elementary. Following are some of the safety plans the school has in place to ensure the well being of all persons in or around the school.
School Safety Plan
Springdale Park Elementary has a Safety Plan that is regularly practiced with our students. Below, are some of the details that APS has approved for distribution, which we would like to share:
- All training and emergency guidelines are in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
- All schools are required to send personnel to Safety Coordinators training yearly.
- Safety plans are reviewed and approved by Atlanta Public School Safety and Security Department, the Atlanta Fire Department, and Atlanta Police Department Detectives Unit.
- Monthly emergency drills include the seven types –Bomb, Intruder, Tornado, Fire, Bus Evacuation, AED, and Earthquake.
- All Fire Drills are monitored by the Atlanta Fire Department.
- Every school has staff on hand trained in CPR/AED and First Aid.
- Police and Security have direct access to APS Close Circuit Television at each school.
- APS has 24 hour Emergency Communications Center with 911.
If there is an emergency whereby we must leave or evacuate the school there is a procedure in place. If this happens, SPARK will work in conjunction with the Atlanta Public Schools to notify parents via a robo-call and/or an emergency SPARK-e. Morningside Elementary is our Reunification site.
Much of the SPARK Safety Plan cannot be shared for security reasons. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Toney.
Safety Concerns for Pedestrians
Many SPARK families and community members have expressed grave concerns regarding the safety of those who utilize our crosswalks on Briarcliff and Ponce. In fact – the SPARK PTO and now the SPARK Governance Board (GO Team) have been working to resolve this situation for years – with only pockets of success.
However, the GO Team and PTO co-signed and sent a final letter to the Atlanta Public Schools, City of Atlanta, Georgia Department of Transportation, Atlanta Department of Public Works, Atlanta School Board, and Atlanta Police Department Officials – outlining the issues and requesting an action plan be established in the next 30 days. In addition – we’ve invited representatives from each of those groups above to attend “International Walk to School Day’ on 10/5/16 to understand what our families experience on a daily basis.
Following are the letters:
SPARK Crosswalk Parents - Keep our Children Safe
SPARK Principal, Mr. Harness and Assistant Principal, Dr. Toney as well as the SPARK PTO have been working with APS to improve safety around the SPARK campus and a primary concern is the safety of pedestrians walking to and from SPARK. As part of that effort, the SPARK Crosswalk Parents program is asking for parent volunteers to make the commute to SPARK safer and faster for our children and parents. Due to a shortage of APS crossing guards, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
How to volunteer:
A training program offered by APS is in place to get new volunteers trained to help our kids safely navigate the busy corners and crosswalks around SPARK. It is a short 3 to 4 hour session and will be run by the APS Crossing Guard Trainer. A training session is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 9:30am to 12pm. Please signup for the training session and make a difference in the SPARK community by helping to making the streets around SPARK safer for students and parents.
Once training has been completed, an easy to use signup page and volunteer schedule will be put in place with half-hour time slots from 7:30am – 8:00am to cover SPARK corners and crosswalks. This is a quick and easy way for parent volunteers to make a real difference for our community and the many smiles, “good mornings” and “thank yous” you will receive from students and parents are sure to be a great way to start your day!
Contact the PTO Operations Director, H. P. Ladds with any questions or comments about the training or SPARK Crosswalk Parents program.