Safety & Security
Aaron Vanatta, Chief of School Police, Safety & Security Coordinator
David Watts, School Police Officer
Officer Aaron Vanatta and Officer David Watts believe that school safety begins with quality relationships between staff, students and their families which creates a culture where safety is the responsibility of our entire school community, not simply faculty, staff and law enforcement.
The Quaker Valley School District Police were recognized in 2017 when they received a "Model SRO Agency" award at the 27th Annual National School Safety Conference held by the National Association of School Resource Officers in Washington, DC. In 2019, Quaker Valley was chosen as "School Safety District of the Year" and also received the "Most Collaborative Safety Program" award at the Navigate Prepared Summer Safety Academy in Akron, Ohio. Our officers work tirelessly to keep our buildings safe, by incorporating programs to educate and mentor students in a caring and nurturing way. Students respect them, colleagues learn from them, and the community appreciates them. Not only are Officer Vanatta and Officer Watts the District’s police officers, they are also guest speakers in our classrooms and act as informal counselors to help students, faculty, and staff with any concerns. They have implemented outreach programs, conducted assemblies, written grants, formed partnerships, led trainings, and formulated the District’s entire safety and security plan.
Each school has a building level safety team comprised of administrators, teachers, school counselors, and school police. These teams meet regularly to discuss emergency management procedures and safety concerns in their buildings. Ensuring the safety of our schools involves multiple components, including physical security (safe buildings, grounds, & equipment), community partnerships, adequately trained faculty, staff, and students, and a positive school climate where students feel healthy, safe, connected, included, and respected.
The school district also incorporates violence prevention efforts in the form of a threat assessment process. This plan includes multidisciplinary threat assessment teams primarily used at the high school and middle school levels who identify or receive reports of behaviors of concern through the student assistance program process or one of several reporting mechanisms listed below. These teams assess the concerning behaviors, develop risk management options, and place protective factors in place to help students succeed and to promote safe school climates. Faculty, staff, students, parents, and the community are encouraged to report any concerns using any of of our reporting mechanisms.
For urgent matters which require immediate assistance or in cases of emergency, please dial 911 and speak to a dispatcher.