SAFETY IS . . . And Always WILL BE . . . Our #1 PRIORITY!
--- Please know that providing a safe and secure environment at Piney Grove for
our students and staff is our #1 priority each and every day! We know that if students do not feel safe,
then learning cannot take place for our students. Forsyth County Schools and Piney Grove Middle
School have many practices and procedures in place to help safeguard your child
every minute of every day to, from and on campus. Detailed safety plans for all kinds of
emergencies have been carefully planned, written, and put in place, and will be
practiced quite frequently with our staff and students during the first few
weeks of school. We will continue to
practice these drills in an organized way, and as if they were the real thing,
throughout the school year.
Piney Grove has a School Resource Officer, Deputy Eric
Johnson, who is based at Piney Grove and whom we share with both
Shiloh Pt. and Big Creek Elementary Schools.
He is on our campus on a regular basis, checking on things, talking to
our students, and getting to know them.
This summer, all middle schools in the district had new front entrances
installed with a “buzz-in” and intercom feature for entrance after students
have entered for the morning. All
visitors must now come to this single door and be buzzed in by a front office
secretary who has a wide view of the entire person and the surrounding
area. Strict and
technologically-sophisticated sign-in procedures for visitors, once they are
buzzed in, are in place, and a driver’s license is required to check out a
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
administrators are in constant communication with each other, our SRO, and the
front office through radios, as well as with the school district safety office
through the use of cell phones. Our
phones come equipped with sophisticated technology that allows for tracing
phone calls in the event of a bomb threat or other threatening phone
Our FCS Code of Conduct prohibits
students from wearing over-length, over-sized, and baggy clothing, including
coats inside the building, so that weapons and other contraband are less likely
to be hidden on students. The FCS Dress
Code is enforced at Piney Grove.
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. They also are equipped with GPS so that bus
locations may be tracked at all times.
Diligent supervision of our
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 also to let an adult know immediately if they see or
hear something that could jeopardize this safety, is a practice we begin the
first several days 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 or teacher 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 this 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 will
not hesitate to call a Piney Grove 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 this school year.
Thanking you in advance for your help and support!