School Safety

Parent School Safety Academy
Parent School Safety Academy


Program Overview

The Parent School Safety Academy is a program unique to Zionsville Community Schools (ZCS) created to educate parents about safety principles and fundamentals that guide response protocols in our schools. This program will not reveal details that compromise safety in Zionsville Community Schools, rather the program will provide parents with a basic understanding of school safety practices and offer attendees an opportunity to actively participate.


During this interactive program, parent participants will learn about national and state safety practices, current trends in school safety, and how these practices and trends impact safety planning in ZCS.


Eligible Participants

To apply to participate in the Parent School Safety Academy, you must be the parent/guardian of a ZCS student and must also complete a background check. Those interested should apply, and up to 20 participants will be selected per session. Vendor discussions and/or product promotions will not be supported in the program.


Session Description

Cost: There is no cost for the program. A volunteer background check is required to participate. If you have not completed a background check for ZCS, a link to the volunteer background check can be found here:


When:  March 24th and 25th, 2020, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Where: Education Services Center (900 Mulberry Street)

Registration: Applications are available online at:

Questions: Chad Smith, Director of School Safety,


Participants will complete a two-session training course focusing on the fundamentals of school safety including; legal requirements, best practices related to school safety including cybersecurity, violence, severe weather preparedness, access control, communications and reunification. Participants will also review key findings of the USDOE/Secret Service study, key best practices and components of effective implementation of a school safety plan. Participants must be available to attend both sessions.


To sign up:


School Safety Overview:

ZCS is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff. Doors remain locked during the school day, all visitors are required to sign in and wear identification, and school employees are trained to report immediately any suspicious activity to the proper authority.

Zionsville Community School Corporation has 10 School Safety Specialists on staff trained through the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy. The Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy provides on-going, certified training and information on national and state best practices, as well as exemplary resources for school safety, security, intervention/prevention, and emergency preparedness planning. School safety specialists are trained to lead the development and implementation of school safety practices which will provide safe educational environments for all students in Indiana. Members participate in basic training the first year, which includes three day long training sessions and ten hours of computer based coursework. For advanced training they participate in two day long sessions each year.

Each school in ZCS has a unique School Safety Plan, which has been created in collaboration with local law enforcement, communicated with all staff members, and is practiced regularly to ensure that everyone knows their role should a crisis occur.  Classrooms have an emergency manual that allows teachers to obtain quick and easily accessible step by step instructions in an emergency. Also this manual can be use to communicate quickly “all clear” or “need help”.

Additional practices, personnel, and supports to ensure school safety include items not shown on this page because of confidential collaborations, plans, capabilities, and ongoing monitoring that involve local law enforcement and lead school staff. The Board of School Trustees is active in frequent discussion about school safety. This is preparedness that is never done and always of the utmost importance.


Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Director of School Safety and Energy Management

Zionsville Community Schools

Educational Services Center

(317) 873-2858 x11127

Results from the 2018-2019 Indiana Department of Education School Safety Audit.