School Safety

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.