Safety & Security
St. Teresa of Avila is committed to providing its students with a healthy, nurturing and safe school environment. St. Teresa has a family spirit; it is important to us that we have a caring school community where everyone respects and trusts each other and where all students feel connected, understand expectations and receive the behavioral and mental health support they need. The following efforts reflect our concern for the safety of all of our students and to keep our school secure:
- Limited access to the school building. For the safety and protection of our students and staff, all school entrances are locked when classes are in session. During the school day, entrance to the building is limited to the main doors. Parents and visitors are required to check in at the main office in order to pick-up a Visitor Badge before entering classroom areas.
- Monitoring of the school parking lot. St. Teresa has strict procedures for morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal as outlined in the Parent and Student Handbook. Cooperation with these procedures is essential for student safety and is continuously monitored.
- Monitoring and supervision of student common areas such as hallways, classrooms, and playgrounds. All St. Teresa faculty and staff are responsible for supervising student movement throughout the building. Students are never left alone in a room.
- Participation in the Virtus Program. Schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and over 50 other dioceses across the United States participate in Virtus, a program to help those who work with children maintain a safe and secure environment. All teachers, substitute teachers, teacher aides, catechists, school and parish staff must be Virtus trained. This includes, but is not limited to, parents who serve as coaches, room parents, field trip chaperones as well as those who work at school events or volunteer in any capacity. The purpose of the training is to ensure that the highest codes of conduct are followed and that children who worship, study, or take part in activities in our parish and school are continuously protected. More detailed information can be found in the Parent and Student Handbook or by contacting the school office.
- School-wide behavioral expectations. In guiding student’s growth in Christian attitudes, St. Teresa School strives to emphasize positive interventions that build a child’s ability to choose appropriate over inappropriate behaviors. Self-discipline, responsibility, and accepting the consequences of behavior are emphasized. All students, teachers, and parents are expected to Stay Safe, Take Responsibility, and Act Christ-like every day. The students are expected to respect self, others, and all property.
- School preparedness drills (intruder alerts, weather, and fire) are held regularly, evaluated, and recorded.
- Partnership with the Cincinnati Police Department and our School Resource Officer (SRO).
- Crisis plans and emergency preparedness training. St. Teresa regularly reviews its plans and trains teachers and staff in crisis management.
Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of our children. St. Teresa currently provides a safe environment for its students and intends to do everything possible to ensure that we continue to do so.
Emergency Guide for Parents
Parking Lot Procedures
In order to ensure a safe, efficient arrival and dismissal for our students, the following guidelines have been established for the parking lot at St. Teresa School. Parents are asked to observe these rules daily, be courteous to one another, and respectful of those directing traffic.
- All traffic should flow north on Rulison Avenue and children should be dropped off on the side of the school to avoid having children cross the street.
- In an effort not to back up traffic, drivers have the option of either heading north on Rulison to drop off students or turn right into the main school lot to drop off near the gym entrance to school.
- Primary parents may wish to use the Rulison route while intermediate and junior high students could use the gym entrance route.
- Drivers utilizing the main school lot could exit directly onto Glenway Avenue (right turn only) or onto Overlook Avenue either way (recommend right turn only).
- Bus riders will be dismissed when they are called.
- Car riders will be dismissed at 2:20 p.m.
- Teachers will walk the car riders over to the car rider parking lot.
- Walkers will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. It is important that these walkers begin walking home immediately and not loiter around the school.
- Please pull into the first entrance of the car rider parking lot from Cleves Warsaw. All parents are required to park in this lot. Parking on Rulison or in the school lot is not allowed.
- Teachers will walk the students over to the car rider lot. Parents should stand by their car or walk to the front of their row to signal for their child.
- When all children are in the cars, exiting in a single line from the parking lot will begin. Please note that the quicker everyone is in their car, the quicker exiting will begin.
Parking During the School Day
Visitors are asked not to park in the Rulison parking lot from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm since it is used for recess during that time. Cars parked within the lot during recess may not leave while students are present. Parking during the school day can be found in the parking lot between the school and church.
School Closings & Delays
Weather conditions or another emergency could require school to be closed on a given day. In the event of inclement weather that would necessitate the closing of school on a given day, the following plan will be in effect:
Please listen for these announcements on radio, television, Facebook, or St. Teresa School website:
Oak Hills Local School District is closed = St. Teresa School will be closed.
Oak Hills Local School District is on a two (2) hour delay = St. Teresa School will be on a two (2) hour delay and will begin at 10:00 a.m. Dismissal on two hour delay days will be at regular time. During a two (2) hour delay, supervision of students will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be no bus service if Cincinnati Public Schools are closed.
Oak Hills Local School District is closing early = When weather is questionable during the school day, it is possible that we will dismiss early. It is the parent’s responsibility to check the local news for Oak Hills Local School District (television, radio, school website etc.) for information regarding an early dismissal. Phone calls will not be made home. Students will be sent home according to the instructions given by the parent on the Early Dismissal Form sent home and completed by a parent at the beginning of the school year. There will be no bus service.
Cincinnati Public Schools are closed, Oak Hills is open = There will be no bus service.