Safety & Security
It is the desire of the Safety and Security Department at Heritage to stand ready to defend and protect the HCS family and serve all who depend on us to be prepared in any situation. Our department consistently evaluates policies and procedures to protect and more faithfully serve the Heritage community. Feel free to contact us with any and all needs.
Our security department includes over 35 years of military training and experience. We make it a priority to hire veterans and former officers as a part of our internal security team. On a daily basis, this team connects with our students and employees to create a relationship of trust and open communication.
Winter Weather Resources
- Cold Weather Preparedness Infographic
- Dressing for Cold Weather Infographic
- Warning Signs of Hypothermia Infographic
- Indianapolis Weather Story
- Cold Weather Coming this Week
As winter weather arrives, we want to make sure that you have some general information about how we will communicate weather-related school or activity delays and closings. Please take a moment to review these questions and answers.
Security Information & Enhancements for the 2018-19 School Year
As we kickoff the 2018-19 school year, we want to remind you of our safety and security policies, inform you of some changes and enhancements, and ask for help in maintaining a culture of safety on our campus.
Armed Security Changes
- Many of you have noticed that security was enhanced last year with the introduction of an armed officer on campus. HCS will continue that program this year with our School Resource Officer on-campus during the school day (see below for more information).
- In addition, HCS is expanding our armed presence on campus for the 2018-19 school year with board approval of an Armed Security Policy for our security officers to carry a weapon while on duty. We are implementing this policy in order to be positioned to both deter and respond to any situation that would put HCS families or employees in danger.
- HCS Security has over 35 years of combined Military and Law Enforcement experience. [Meet Our Security Team]
- Our security officers have gone through significant firearms and de-escalation training as well as an evaluation program in order to meet the requirements to carry a weapon on campus.
- Any parent desiring more information about the specific training for the Armed Security should reach out directly to Ed Ingle (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional follow up.
School Resource Officer
- Officer Tim York is our HCS School Resource officer for 2018-19.
- Officer York is a K-9 officer and his partner will be on campus with him a majority of the school days at HCS.
- Officer York is a licensed officer with SWAT, EMT and SRO certifications along with his K-9 certification.
- Officer York has HCS approval to interact with students and when needed, enforce the law on the HCS campus as an integral part of our security team.
- HCS campus hours for students are school days from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
- Between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. students on campus must be at a supervised activity or in one of the following locations
- Elementary School students: ABCare
- Intermediate and Middle School students: HUB
- High School students: Learning Center (High School Commons/Library)
- All students must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. unless they are participating in or attending a scheduled campus activity.
Additional Security Enhancements
While we do not publish every security enhancement and change we are making, please know that our Safe School Committee is actively and continually improving the culture of safety on our campus. As we practice Run, Hide, Fight through our lockdown drills throughout the year, we encourage you to engage with your students on the topic of school safety.
See Something, Say Something
HCS is asking for help in maintaining a culture of safety on our campus. As part of this community, if you see something that concerns you in person or online, please reach out to prevent a tragedy and protect someone from hurting themselves or others. In an emergency call 911, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, or otherwise reach out to our security team at email@example.com.
Front Gate & Exit Gate
- During school hours, excluding arrival and dismissal time, all vehicles traveling on to campus will be stopped at the front gate by one of our officers for identification.
- Identification will include asking you why are you visiting campus and reviewing your parent ID card or driver's license. Therefore, bring your ID to campus.
- Between 8:30am and 2:30pm, the exit gate located by the baseball field, will be closed. Please approach the gate slowly and the gate will open as you cross the sensor.
Arrival & Dismissal Information
- Please review these HCS Traffic Flow videos.
- Follow the arrows with the different colors to reach your student’s drop-off curb.
- Follow green arrows to exit campus. Do not drop off a student in a green arrow lane.
Carline Pick Up
- Have your parent ID card or driver's license card with you.
- If you do not have either ID, you will be asked to park and come in to pick up your student.
- If you have someone other than a parent picking up your student, they MUST be on the authorized pick up list in your HCS Connect account.
- If someone attempts to pick up your child and is not on the authorized pick up list, they will be denied access to pick up until you approve or a proper resolution can be reached.
- Please make us aware of any custody concerns by emailing the details and documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For safety reasons, please do not attempt to pick up your student in locations on or off campus other than the assigned curb based on their age group.
- Please review the HCS Parking Map.
- Please do not park in student or employee parking and do not park along curbs.
Building Check In
- All visitors must register and obtain a visitors badge before access will be allowed into the school building. Please display this badge at all times.
- Visitors will be asked for a parent ID or to turn in their driver's license while visiting campus.
- Whenever possible, all visits to campus should be scheduled ahead with the school or the employee you are visiting.
Resources for Parents
As part of our mission, we desire to partner with parents in pursuing excellence in all areas of education. We believe that understanding what our students our exposed to and are experiencing online is crucial for excellent parenting today. Below are some resources available for parents both inside and outside of the Heritage community.
- Pathway to Violence: Warning Signs and What You Can Do
- Active Shooter Educational Sheet
- How to Respond When an Active Shooter is in Your Vicinity
- Active Shooter Recovery Guide
General information for monitoring your children's activities online:
App and social networking information:
- 15 Dangerous Apps Every Parent Should Know About
- 9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids
- Social Networking Challenges Every Parent Should Know
For the most recent presentation on student safety, watch the HCS & IMPD Student Safety Night video from April 13th, 2016.