At Sagrada Familia Catholic School in Boise, Idaho, the safety and security of our students and staff is of paramount importance. We collaborate closely with local law enforcement to ensure that our safety plan is up to date and effective. Our building is closed during school hours and can only be accessed through a video surveillance system at the front door. All adults who work with children, such as teachers, volunteers, parents, and grandparents, have taken the Diocese of Boise's Safe Environment program and have passed background checks. In light of recent school shootings, school administrators are focusing on how to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
To this end, Sagrada Familia has decided to purchase firearms to equip trained and well-armed security officers capable of responding quickly in the event of a security problem. Additionally, many schools are hiring armed security guards or using school resource officers if the county makes them available. Although there is no foolproof plan to prepare for these types of situations, there are many steps that can be taken to ensure that schools are better prepared in the event of an emergency. At Sagrada Familia, we have implemented door locking devices that teachers can activate to prevent intruders from entering the classroom. We also take steps to keep students and staff safely isolated and away from special events when the church needs school facilities during school days. Wesley Scott, executive director of the National Alliance of Christian Schools (NACS), formerly known as the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools, states that Christian schools have been strengthening their security for decades.
At Sagrada Familia Catholic School, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and staff.