Safety and Security
The NC-Camp Lejeune District works constantly to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students and working environment for our staff. We have implemented:
- "Safe Schools" Program.
- Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at each of our elementary schools.
- Full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) at Lejeune High School.
- An innovative Crisis Management Plan in our district.
Fire Safety is also emphasized with monthly fire drills and inspections by the Camp Lejeune Fire Department (CLFD). In October of each school year, CLFD sponsors fire safety assemblies at each school.
School security is a national concern. Throughout the United States, youth crime and violence threaten to undermine the safety of our students' learning environment. Since the Department of Defense Education Activity Americas (DoDEA Americas) represents a cross-section of Americana, all partners in our community education process must understand and support the principles underlying a safe and secure learning environment as applied to creating a safe school. The underlying principles all relate to student rights to a safe and secure learning environment:
- free from the threat or fear of physical violence.
- free from drugs, alcohol, weapons and other prohibited items.
- free from hazing, bullying or intimidation.
- free from gang or criminal activity.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program is jointly sponsored by DoDEA and the Provost Marshall's Office. A specially trained military police officer teaches seventeen lessons to all fifth grade students in the Camp Lejeune Schools. The lessons emphasize "Making Good Choices" and "Personal Responsibility." The classroom teacher reinforces the concepts taught.
For further information on the D.A.R.E. program and curriculum, visit the Official D.A.R.E. website.
About the School Resource Officer Program
The SRO program places law enforcement officers in schools with the goal of creating and maintaining safe, secure, and orderly learning environments for students, teachers, and staff. With such a program, the officer represents much more than the "cop in the shop." A SRO program reflects a community's desire to ensure that its schools are safe, secure, and orderly. SRO's represent a proactive strategy designed to bring prevention and intervention into the schools.
In the late 1950's, the first SRO program was started in Flint, Michigan. The goals for the program were to improve police/youth relations, to have officers in school full-time, and to serve as teachers and counselors. The first SRO program was created in North Carolina in 1971.
Definition of SRO
- Law enforcement officer (LEO) on campus.
- Counsel students and parents on law related subjects.
- Present educational programs on law related subjects.
Goals of the Program
- Increase positive attitude toward law enforcement
- Bridge the gap between police officer and children
- Encourage more citizen cooperation between kids and police officers
- Reduce juvenile crime through 1) counseling, 2) teaching about the system, and 3) personal interest in students
What School Resource Officers are
- First and foremost, they are law enforcement officers whose primary purpose is to "keep the peace" in their schools so that students can learn and teachers can teach.
- They are law related counselors who provide guidance on law related issues to students and act as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment.
- They are law related education teachers who provide schools with an additional resource by sharing their expertise in the classroom.
Beyond these identified roles and perhaps most importantly, SRO's are positive role models for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today's society. Their presence in the schools sends a strong message that violence is not acceptable.