The safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors is our number one priority and is the shared responsibility of every administrator, staff member, student, and visitor in the district.
School Safety, Security Director and District Resource Officers
The district has a director of school safety and security, Ryan Kimball, along with three School Resource Officers (SROs). The SROs are through the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. These individuals routinely visit our schools, interact with staff, students, and families, and help maintain a culture of open communication and safety while building positive relationships with students. Deputy Ben Dunneback services the Northern side of the district, Deputy Cory Czaika services the Eastern side of the district, and Deputy Jim Svoboda services the Central side of the district.
Recent Presentations and Forums
The school district holds informational community presentations and forums at various times throughout the year.
The most recent Safety and Security forum from September of 2022 can be found as a video recording on Vimeo.
While everyone hopes that an emergency event will never occur, Forest Hills Public Schools has developed emergency preparation and response plans that can be applied consistently across the district. Our emergency plans have been developed with the assistance of administrators, building staff members, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD), school resource officers, KCSD’s emergency management coordinator, local fire chiefs, and the Michigan State Police bomb squad.
Our emergency plans consist of the following documents.
Emergency Operations Plans (EOP)
EOPs provide detailed response actions that will be employed to address the broad range of situations that may arise. These confidential documents are used as reference and training tools throughout the district. Responsibilities of administrators, building staff, students, first responders, and parents are outlined along with any preparation and follow-up actions.
Classroom EMERGENCY Quick Reference Guides
These binders are provided in classrooms throughout the district. They are consistent in their content and contain a tailored egress/shelter map so that all staff members or substitutes who serve in our buildings are able to address hazards that arise and respond accordingly.
They provide abbreviated instructions that address the following:
- Active Violence
- Medical Emergency
- Cardiac Emergency
- Severe Weather
Office EMERGENCY Quick Reference Guides
The Office EMERGENCY Quick Reference Guides contain all of the responses and hazards that are contained in the Classroom EMERGENCY Quick Reference Guides. Additionally, they address the following:
- Verbal/Written Threat
- Bomb Threat
- Utility Failure
- Chemical, Biological, and Radiological/Nuclear Incidents
Corridor maps are effective for way-finding in our buildings, but they also include the following important safety information in non-classroom or high-occupancy spaces such as offices, cafeterias, and gymnasiums:
- Emergency egress routes and tornado shelter locations
- Fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers
- Emergency automated external defibrillator locations
All Michigan public schools are required by law to perform fire, tornado, and lockdown drills at prescribed times throughout the year. Records of the drills are also required to be posted for a minimum period of three years. Links to these records can be found below.