Safety & Security

Central York School District 

Central York School District considers the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff to be of the utmost importance. We strive to create a learning environment that protects the health and safety of ALL of our students and employees. The following information details several of the District-wide safety and security measures in place to help safeguard our school community.

School Gate Guardian Visitor Management System

In a continued effort to proactively safeguard our students, faculty and staff, the District installed a visitor management system called School Gate Guardian in the summer of 2013. The system is now in use and requires all visitors to produce valid Photo ID before gaining admittance to a District school or building.

How it Works

  • Visitors to our schools and central office are asked to produce a valid form of photo identification such as a state-issued driver's license.

  • An authorized District employee scans  the ID through the School Gate Guardian system, where it is checked against a registered sex offender database.

  • All data is maintained in a secure, local database and is not used for any purpose other than to identify visitors and generate a visitor's badge.

  • If your ID scan is successful, you will receive an visitor's badge that must be worn during your time in any District school or facility. At the end of your visit, your badge should be returned to the office so our staff may document your exit from the building.

  • In the future, we will customize the system's database with information on any custody or legal agreements in place impacting who may or may not pick up a child from school.

Plan & Procedures for Emergency Situations 

  • The District has a detailed Emergency Plan that is shared with all administrators, faculty and staff. The Emergency Plan includes specific protocols for safeguarding students, faculty and staff during a crisis. This plan is reviewed routinely with local and regional law enforcement agencies to ensure we are following proper protocol and best practices in emergency response.
  • The District has a Crisis Response Team designated in each school building. This team includes faculty, staff and administrators who are trained in responding to school emergencies.
  • The District has in place protocols for external and internal lockdown situations and has trained its administrators, Crisis Response Teams and faculty and staff in how to respond during each situation to best ensure the safety and security of our students and employees.

Practice of Procedures for Emergency Situations

  • The District Administration regularly reviews the Emergency Response Plan with building administrators, who in turn review the plan with their faculty & staff on an annual basis.
  • The District conducts intruder drills, in cooperation with local law enforcement officials, in each school on an annual basis. 

Ongoing, Proactive Security Measures

  • ALL exterior doors to ALL District buildings are kept locked.
  • Any visitor to any District school or building must be identified and admitted by a designated staff member.
  • All classroom and interior doors in our schools have the ability to be locked in case of an intruder or internal emergency that necessitates a lockdown.
  • The District has an anonymous "Panther Safety Hotline" that is in place to enable anyone to contact the District and share information with us about a possible threat to the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff. This is monitored throughout each day and evening by a District employee. All reports are treated seriously and investigated thoroughly. The Hotline is accessible by calling (717) 846-6789.

Please do not hesitate to contact your school principal,  or the District with any questions or concerns regarding the safety and security of our schools and facilities.