The mission of the APS Safety and Security Department is to keep students, staff, and visitors safe and secure; to support APS schools to enhance teaching and learning with innovative practices, community partnerships, and next generation technologies; and to incorporate internal and external safety components through various outreach programs.
Every Atlanta Public School has a Safety Plan that is regularly practiced with our students.
- All training and emergency guidelines are in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
- All schools are required to send personnel to Safety Coordinators training yearly.
- Safety plans are reviewed and approved by Atlanta Public School Safety and Security Department, the Atlanta Fire Department, and Atlanta Police Department Detectives Section.
- Monthly emergency drills include the six types – Bomb, Intruder, Tornado, Fire, AED, and Earthquake.
- Monthly fire drills are conducted at schools that are monitored by APS Safety and Security Department and the State Fire Marshal’s office.
- Every school has staff on hand trained in CPR/AED and First Aid.
- Police and Security have direct access to APS Close Circuit Television at each school.
- APS has a 24-hour Emergency Communications Center with access to 911.
If there is an emergency whereby your child must leave or evacuate the school there is a procedure in place. If this happens, the school will work in conjunction with the Atlanta Public Schools to notify parents via a robo-call and/or other communication vehicles. Every school also has a reunification site.
Much of your school’s Safety Plan cannot be shared for security reasons. If you have any further questions or concerns, or would like to view the full plan, please contact your school principal or the Office of Safety and Security.
At Atlanta Public Schools, the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority.