Piney Grove has a resource officer, Deputy Angie Lively, who is based at PGMS and whom we share with a couple of elementary schools nearby. She is on our campus on a regular basis, checking on things, talking to our students and getting to know them. Part of Piney Grove's standard operating procedures is to have our head custodian check the entire facility and campus early each morning to look for any unusual objects. Phones are in every classroom, and come equipped with sophisticated technology that allows for tracing phone calls in the event of a bomb threat or other threatening phone calls. Administrators are in constant communication with each other and the front office, as well as the county office, through the use of two-way radios and cell phones.
Our Code of Conduct prohibits students from wearing over-length, oversized, and baggy clothing, including coats, so that weapons and other contraband are less likely to be hidden on students. And the Forsyth County Schools dress code will be enforced at PGMS. Strict and technologically sophisticated sign-in procedures for visitors on campus are in place, and a driver's license is required to check out a student. All doors on campus, except for the front doors to our building, are kept locked at all times, even the doors to our Grizzly Lodge and the doors students use entering and exiting our main building to get to/from the Grizzly Lodge. Administrators, teachers and our SRO are constantly checking outside doors throughout the day to make sure they remain closed and locked. All Forsyth County school buses are equipped with two-way radios so that they can be in constant communication with the transportation department and the school.
Diligent supervision of students by our entire staff, from the moment they step foot on campus until they leave, is a daily practice. Talking to our students about safety being a top priority, and letting them know that it is their responsibility to let an adult know if they hear or see something that could jeopardize this safety, is a practice we began the first week of school and will continue to preach throughout the school year. Rest assured any information of this nature that is shared with an administrator or counselor is held in the strictest confidence.
These are just some of the practices and procedures we have in place. We hope that you will spend some time with your child at the beginning of the school year discussing the importance of all these safety procedures, and let him/her know that it is also your expectation that he/she take personal responsibility in reporting anything he/she sees or hears that could jeopardize the safety of any or all of our students and staff. Parents, we encourage that any time you have concerns about the safety or well-being of your child, you do not hesitate to call an administrator to discuss these concerns. We want Piney Grove Middle School to be a place where all students, staff and parents feel safe and comfortable. We believe it is. But we need everyone's help to keep it that way throughout the school year. Thanking you in advance for your help and support!