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Safety & Security

The Quaker Valley School District Safety Committee reviews all aspects of safety throughout the school district, makes recommendations to the administration, and facilitates and/or communicates safety-related information to district constituents. The Safety Committee is comprised of the safety committee chairperson, the district school resource officer, district human resources manager, district director of communications, and a minimum of one representative from each building, as well as a representative from each of the following groups: teaching staff, administration, Unit 1, Unit 2, transportation and school nurses. The committee meets monthly, with additional meetings scheduled as needed.

 

This page provides you with information and resources you can use to get your family ready for emergency situations.

 

Personal Accountability

You have a responsibility to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency event.

School Resource Officer - Aaron Vanatta

Office Aaron Vanatta

In January 2015, the safety of our schools dramatically improved, the day the District hired Officer Aaron Vanatta. His belief that school safety begins with quality relationships between staff, students and their families creates a culture where safety is the responsibility of our entire school community, not simply faculty, staff and law enforcement.

He works tirelessly to keep our buildings safe, by incorporating programs to educate and mentor students in a caring and nurturing way. Students respect him, colleagues learn from him, and the community appreciates him. Not only is officer Vanatta the District’s police officer, he’s also a guest speaker in classrooms and acts as an informal counselor to help students, faculty, and staff with any concerns. He has implemented outreach programs, conducted assemblies, written grants, formed partnerships, led trainings, and formulated the District’s entire safety and security plan.

He is often called upon by media outlets and organizations all across the country to speak and instruct as an expert in school safety and security.

He’s not just our police officer. He is the coordinator and architect of safety and security measures across the District. Officer Vanatta has over 1600 hours of training focusing primarily on school safety and working with the juvenile client population.

In addition to serving Quaker Valley where he was presented with a national SRO model agency award in 2017 and the Velma Award given to a district employee who "sticks their next out" in 2018, Officer Vanatta is also a part-time police officer in South Strabane Township and he serves as the Region 3 Director (PA,NY,NJ, & DE) for the National Association of School Resource Officers.