School Safety and Security
At Talbot County Public Schools, the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff is our highest priority. TCPS, the Office of School Security and individual schools work together in collaboration with a variety of public health and safety agencies. These partnerships aid in the implementation of prevention and awareness programs and assist students when emergency incidents occur. Some of the agencies involved in this collaborative effort are as follows:
• Talbot County Sherriff’s Office
• Easton Police Department
• St. Michaels Police Department
• Talbot County Department of Emergency Services
• Talbot County Health Department
The school district has a comprehensive Safe Schools program that is monitored by the Maryland State Department of Education and regularly reviewed and updated by each school’s Crisis Team. Members of these teams include school staff, Board of Education representatives, law enforcement, 1st responders from Emergency Management and local fire departments.
The school system routinely conducts the following emergency response procedure drills at all schools: Evacuation, Lockdown, Shelter in Place, Severe Weather Safe Area, and Drop, Cover and Hold, and Active Shooter drills.
TCPS has adopted the preparedness practices of the U.S Department of Homeland Security: Run, Hide, Fight and is providing this training at all TCPS facilities. Local law enforcement has been trained in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) and continues to coordinate with TCPS regarding to preparedness implementation. TCPS also has full time School Resource Officers (SROs) assigned to support our schools through a partnership with the Talbot County Sheriff’s department.
Governor Larry Hogan has launched “Safe Schools Maryland,” a tip line and mobile app designed to streamline reporting of possible threats to students and school facilities. Students, family members, parents, teachers, administrators, and other community members can anonymously report information to Safe Schools Maryland via a mobile app available for download through the Apple App Store or Google Play, online at www.SafeSchoolsMD.org, or by calling 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233). Trained technicians will respond to reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
School Security Officers
- Easton High School: CPL Tim Connors
- Easton Middle School: DFC Clint Bordley
- St.Michaels Middle High School: SGT Steve Gadow
- White Marsh, Chapel & Tilghman: DFC Linda Gaulden
Suicide Prevention: Yellow Ribbon Program
The Light for Life Foundation Int’l/Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by Making Suicide Prevention Accessible to Everyone and Removing Barriers to Help. To learn more visit: https://yellowribbon.org/
Yellow Ribbon Program Coordinator: Rob Schmidt, Ph.D.