School Safety


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 immediately report any suspicious activity to the proper authority.

Zionsville Community Schools has 10 School Safety Specialists trained through the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy on staff. 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 a three-day basic training sessions and complete ten hours of computer based coursework the first year. Participants in advanced training are involved in two-day long sessions each year.

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

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 preparedness is important and never done.


Stop It

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.