Caring for the Whole Child

School Safety

Rowland Hall is committed to providing a safe, healthy learning environment for all students and adults. Our approach to creating and sustaining a safe school focuses on three main areas: student well-being, campus security, and training and resources.

Student Well-Being

Research indicates that the most important thing schools can do to increase the safety of their community is focus on student wellness and social-emotional learning (SEL). A robust ethical education program, including developmentally-appropriate SEL curriculum, helps students at Rowland Hall learn how to take care of themselves and others.

Our Upper School partnered with Challenge Success in 2017-2018 to assess and improve the well-being and engagement of our students. Some changes made as a result include a weekly late start for grades six through twelve and increased teacher-student consultation time.

A healthy school community makes students feel known and valued, and Rowland Hall is proud of its reputation for cultivating close student-teacher relationships. We encourage all students to approach a trusted adult at school if they need help or have concerns about another member of the community. We emphasize offering assistance to those in need and learning how to grow and learn from our mistakes. Each division has a student support team dedicated to identifying and supporting any individuals who may be experiencing challenges in their academic or personal lives.

Middle and upper schoolers are also encouraged to download the SafeUT smartphone app, which allows users to submit anonymous tips and seek free and confidential crisis services.

Campus Security

We have made significant investments in the security and communication systems at the McCarthey Campus and Lincoln Street Campus.

  • We have automatic locking doors and a paging system that allows us to quickly secure our buildings in the event of an emergency.
  • We have a communication system, Informacast, that allows us to send alerts to faculty, staff, and Upper School students via text message, email, and overhead paging.
  • We have cameras at most major entrances and monitor visitor access throughout the school day.

Training & Resources

Training members of our community on best practices in campus safety and emergency preparedness is a core part of our commitment to creating a safe school. We regularly conduct emergency drills in all divisions—including fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills—and local law enforcement has observed our drills and complimented us on our practices.

School administrators attend conferences and workshops dedicated to school safety—such as the Utah Schools Safety Summit in November 2018—and we have an active safety committee that reviews procedures and protocols on each campus. Additionally, all teachers are required to undergo CPR and First Aid training.

Finally, we performed a comprehensive campus safety review in 2017-2018 and will continue to seek expert advice from local and national safety consultants as needed.

Further Reading

“To make schools safer, focus on community—not guns”
By Andre Perry, Brown Center Chalkboard

“How Schools Should Really Talk About Safety” 
By Kate Stoltzfus, ASCD Education Update

“Armored school doors, bulletproof whiteboards and secret snipers” 
By John Woodrow Cox and Steven Rich, The Washington Post

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