Holy Spirit College (HSC) has a responsibility to establish policies and procedures that safeguard the health and safety of its community members. Policies and procedures were designed to protect students against incidents or behavior that may jeopardize the spiritual, physical, mental and/or emotional health and/or safety of either the group or the individual. At first glance, some of these policies may seem unduly restrictive. However, given the potential for damage, injury and/or loss of life, certain rights of the individual may be limited for the common good of the community. Care and protection of both community and personal property is a shared responsibility of all its members. Policies were developed to create an environment where students respect and protect their own property as well as the property of their neighbors and HSC. Emergency procedures are established and set up in conjunction with Holy Spirit Preparatory School and the parish of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Intervention Procedures provide a systematic process for identifying, referring, and assessing a person or persons who may represent a potential threat to others or themselves. Crisis teams established provide immediate intervention. Team members have been trained to assess the seriousness of the situation and respond according to specific guidelines. Additionally, the school provides in-service training to faculty and staff about recognizing potential situations as well as students in crisis and procedures to follow.
Crisis Response Procedures guide staff in responding to more frequently occurring crises such as events that can affect the school community. These procedures are intended to be time-limited, problem-focused interventions designed to identify and resolve the crisis, restore equilibrium, and support productive responses. The crisis team uses crisis response procedures to help administrators:
• gather information;
• establish communication with the family;
• disseminate accurate information to faculty and students;
• intervene directly with students most likely to be affected;
• increase the available supportive counseling for students and staff; and
• guide students in helpful ways.
Critical Incident Procedures help school personnel handle potentially dangerous events such as an armed intruder in a school and other life-threatening events. The school division has developed a plan that emphasizes a coordinated approach. A Code Red, which requires lockdown procedures, has been established to provide a uniform method of warning staff and students of high-risk situations involving imminent danger to members of Holy Spirit College. A Code Green , requires relocation to another area of the building or campus, dependent of the type of incident. A Code Blue, requires evacuation of the site. Code Yellow, indicates the need for caution/alert due to a possible crisis situation in neighboring area.
Students/faculty/staff should follow instructions provided by the administration. Extra supervision should be posted at appropriate areas. Outside doors should be locked with the exception of the front doors and other areas where classes are held.
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