Christi Nordman, Secretary
The department of Health & Safety Services is responsible for providing a safe environment conducive to learning for students. In maintaining the safety of our staff and students, it is the responsibility of the department to review student handbooks and recommend proposed changes. This department enforces the Code of Student Conduct and its director serves as the Student Discipline Hearing Officer. To support students and parents to report safety concerns, a Safe Schools Helpline is available. This 24-hour-a-day, anonymous helpline is available by calling 1-800-418-6423 ext. 359.
Providing a safe learning environment for students and staff is an important component of the Westerville City Schools mission statement. As part of a cooperative agreement between the Westerville Schools, Genoa Township and the City of Westerville, a police officer is assigned as a School Resource Officer (SRO) to each high school and middle school. This department regularly collaborates with five police departments, two fire departments and the Franklin and Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, which serve various portions of the Westerville School District.
In 2018, the District began to utilize Navigate Prepared technology to improve its safety response to crisis. Each school building’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), floor plan, and emergency contacts are at the fingertips of every school district employee who has downloaded the app to their desktop and/or mobile device. The mobile app also allows any staff member to trigger a safety alert, regardless of the employee’s location.
In 2019, the District began piloting the Safe Arrival student absence reporting system. Parents at the pilot schools can securely excuse absences via a mobile app, website or by calling a dedicated toll-free number. Also in 2019, staff and students began to receive Stop-the-Bleed training. Tourniquets, and other items to support staff and students, are contained in classroom EJAM* Go Buckets.
This office also oversees operations at the District’s Enrollment & Family Resource Center, located at the OhioHealth Complex in Westerville. This department's director serves as the District’s Homeless Liaison, coordinating available services for our families in need.
*The term EJAM provides lasting honor and tribute to two fallen heroes, Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, by incorporating the initials of their first and last names: EJAM. Further, the name directs staff and students to “GO” to the buckets in an “Emergency” to get out of a “JAM”.