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Vehicular access to play is restricted (11)  
Sidewalk access and ramps are available to accommodate special needs. (14)  
Emergency service vehicles have access to all playing field areas, physical education areas including multipurpose and locker rooms.  

Plantings are arranged so that adequate supervision can take place at all times. (1)  
Directional and informational signs have large lettering, bold graphics, simple and correct directions, and are well lit. (3)  
All sides of the building , exterior doors, fire escapes, roof entrances, gates, and parking lots are clearly illuminated in such a way as to avoid creation of blind spots, glare areas, and shadows (5)  

A policy is in place that defines who may have keys, including master keys, to the building, classrooms, lockerrooms, gymnasiums, and a list of key holders is kept in a secure place. (1)  
Teachers/staff are required to turn in keys when transferred, terminated, or retired. (2)  
Doors to the exterior are kept closed and locked at all times, with the exception of the front entrance. (3)  
Chains with locks are not used at any time to secure doors, even after hours. (4)  
Multiple entrances to the school building are controlled and supervised from the inside for property security. (5)  
Gym and locker room doors are kept locked when the rooms are vacant. (6)  
Unused areas of the school can be closed/locked off during and after school hours, and when not in use during lunch. (7)  
Restricted areas within the school and on school property in the physical education area are properly identified. (8)  
Roof access is kept locked at all times. (9)  
Gymnasiums and locker rooms allow for adequate visual supervision, clear sight lines, and easy traffic flow. (11)  
Toilet partitions are structurally sound and attached securely. Partition walls do not exceed 5'6" in height and have a 1'0" clearance above the floor. (13)  

There is two way communication system between the gym, other play areas and the main office. (3)  
Walls in graffiti - prone locations are made of a material and finish that can repel graffiti or tolerate repeated cleaning. (5)  
Gymnasium, locker rooms and office doors are constructed of solid material. (6)  
Locker rooms and office doors are equipped with heavy, vandal-resistant, locks that are operable from the inside by turning the handle. (7)  
Mirrors, windows, and light covers in lavatories and locker rooms are impact resistant. (9)  
Doors to exterior are in good working order e.g. panic bars. (10)  
The schools sprinkler system works properly in the gym. (12)  
The appropriate number and type of fire extinguishers are fully charged, in plain view, inspected annually, and adequately secured in all appropriate in the gym area. The local fire marshal determines compliance. (13)  
Regular classrooms must have, in addition to a door, an egress window or second door into a separate smoke zone, unless the building has fire sprinklers. Check health classrooms. (14)  
First aid kits meeting OSHA standards are properly located, adequately stocked and easily accessible to trained personnel throughout the gym and playing field areas. (15)  

Gymnasiums and locker rooms are adequately illuminated. (3)  
Retractable gymnasium bleachers can be locked in place when not in use. (4)  
The entire area under stairs is enclosed and accessible only to authorized personnel. (5)  
Fire evacuation plans are posted in all occupied areas of the gym area. (6)  
The school staff and designated students are trained in the use of fire extinguishers. (7)  
A record of fire inspections by the local or state fire marshal is maintained. (9)  
Graffiti is read, recorded and removed at the earliest possible time. (10)  
A designated person performs the following security checks at the end of the school day and/or after evening activities:
  • All classrooms, gymnasium, playing fields, offices are free of unknown or suspicious objects, and are properly secured (closed and locked).
  • All non-classroom areas (rest rooms, locker rooms) are unoccupied and secured.
  • All exterior entrances and windows are locked.
  • All night-lights have been turned on.
  • The alarm system is functioning properly and so documented in the logbook. (11)
There are maintenance guidelines and procedures consisting of but not limited to:
  • replacing lights that do not work
  • repairing broken doors/windows/fences
  • keeping trash picked up
  • replacing signs that are faded or damaged
  • removing graffiti
  • handling and disposal of hazardous material (12)
Written regulations exist regarding access by school personnel who use the school facilities after hours. (13)  
Emergency medical providers and fire departments know about best routes to critical areas within the physical education, health, and athletic facility. (14)  
Athletic buses or field trip buses have a two-way communication with the school office and school bus garage. (15)  

Students are restricted f room loitering in corridors, halls, restrooms, gym, and locker rooms. (6)  
All applicants undergo a criminal background check prior to employment. (7)  
All LEA employees (and coaches) eligible to operate school vehicles and equipment are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. (8)  
The LEA has a written policy that addresses the prohibition or possession and non-instructional use of beepers, cell phones, laser pointers and other electronic devices on school property, on buses, or at school-sponsored events. (12)  
The LEA and the school's Student Code of Conduct are reviewed and updated annually, and behavior expectations and consequences for violations are clearly outlined, including sanctions for bomb threats, weapons, and drug offenses. (13)  
Parents are an integral part of student discipline procedures and actions. They are made aware of expectations of students and are informed of changes in a timely manner. (14)  
The school has a Student Assistance Program / Team that provides assistance for students experiencing learning and/or behavioral difficulties. (15)  
The DPI Incident Record form is used to promptly report incidents of disruption, crime, and violence to the central office and to law enforcement. Incidents are summarized on the school's Annual report on School Crime and violence. (16)  
Safety regulations regarding athletic play (stop play under dangerous conditions) are in place. (17)  
An emergency action plan for serious sport-related injuries is in place. (18)  
A school nurse is available to provide medical supervision and services for children with physical health needs, especially those with acute or chronic health problems. (19)  
The school maintains a smoke free environment. (21)  
Random, unannounced locker inspections are made by security personnel and/or school administrators and the practice is stated in the student handbook. (22)  
Unassigned lockers are adequately secured. (23)  

Local fire, emergency management and law enforcement agencies cooperate with school officials to conduct regular training in crisis management, and in search and evacuation procedures. (5)  
Regular training on and practice/rehearsal of the crisis management plan is conducted for staff and the crisis management team. (6)  
The school community is informed about and involved in the development and implementation of the safe school plan. (7)  
Programs and services are available for students who are at risk of academic failure or behavioral difficulties. (8)  
School psychologists, social workers, school counselors, school nurses and other mental health professionals are available for immediate consultation and assistance in case of emergencies. (10)  
Students are taught the personal safety and basic first aid skills and traffic and school bus safety from the health education curriculum. (11)  
Students at each grade level are taught positive social skills and violence prevention, conflict resolution, and communication/decision making skills in the Healthful Living Standard Course of Study and Physical Education program. (12)  
Curriculum and special programs on violence and drug prevention, health, safety, and security are available to students, staff, and parents. (13)  
Middle and secondary students participate in scheduled administrations of standardized surveys of risk behaviors and situations such as the Youth Risk Survey Behavior Survey. (14)  
Coaches and athletes adhere to established policies on tobacco and drugs, including alcohol use. (15)  
Students are taught appropriate ways to enhance weight management and strength development. This includes the risks of using steroids, diet pills, and other drugs. (16)  
Students are taught how to perform safe and appropriate exercises for their grade level, and how to safely use equipment and avoid serious injury (e.g. back injuries or heat stroke) while exercising. (17)  
Physical Education classes do not exceed regulation class size limits to the extent that it impairs adequate adult supervision and risk student safety. (18)  
A certified athletic trainer is available to work with student athletes. (19)  
Adequate supervision is provided for locker rooms and shower areas. (20)  
The playground is free of hazardous materials such as broken asphalt, gravel, broken glass, sharp edges, and hazardous projections, and playground equipment is kept in good repair. (21) If you need help with playgrounds, please call Travis Teague at Wingate University 704.233.8177 or email at