In January 2013, Shorecrest and Critical Intervention Services (now Gardaworld) initiated an informal partnership that was formalized in October 2013. Together, we developed a school-wide comprehensive safety, security and protection program that retains the open and welcoming atmosphere of our independent school campus while enhancing all levels of safety for the Shorecrest community.
Gardaworld audited the Shorecrest physical campus, our emergency communication systems, our crisis and emergency plans and our professional development program that focused on emergency planning. In addition, Gardaworld identified School Protection Officers (SPO’s) with unique skills, interest and training to serve as on-campus leaders for the safety, security and protection initiative.
Our School Protection Officers are essential in the identification and prevention of instances before they occur. While trained and prepared for medical emergencies and physical assaults, the primary role of the officers is to know the community and support all aspects of the school safety operations without disrupting normal school activities. They are familiar, friendly faces able to offer assistance at a moment's notice.
Gardaworld has established a one-call hotline that can be reached from any phone on campus. Gardaworld is able to monitor our security cameras if an emergency were to occur. The faculty has received training and guidance on best practices to ensure the safety of all students and visitors.
Shorecrest and Gardaworld are pleased to have developed this comprehensive school safety, security and protection program and are pleased to offer guidance and support to other schools.