Additional BPSD School Police Force Information:
Bethel Park has a designated Incident Management Team consisting of administrators and campus safety, medical, and mental health services personnel. Emergency drills are conducted regularly at each campus, including monthly fire drills and annual evacuation and lockdown drills. All faculty and staff are trained in the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter response protocol.
Mental Health Services:
Mental health services play a critical role in identifying and supporting students who may be struggling with emotional or behavioral issues. Bethel Park is widely considered a leader among Western Pennsylvania schools with full-time licensed counselors on staff at each campus of the secondary buildings who offer consultative services to their students. BPSD also employs social workers to help ensure that all students have someone to turn to in times of trouble. Our counselors maintain an open-door policy, where students can drop in to discuss academic and/or personal issues within the boundaries of confidentiality. The school counselors are part of a comprehensive student support team that also includes faculty advisors, learning specialists, and school nurses, all of whom are committed to the social and emotional growth and overall health and well-being of every Bethel Park student.
Campus/Building Security & Visitors:
All school buildings are locked, and security cameras are installed on each campus. Faculty and staff are issued fob building access credentials. Visitors must check in at a designated school office and present photo ID to be screened by our Raptor Visitor Management System and receive a visitors' badge. Large events such as athletic contests, concerts, lectures and parents' nights are staffed by campus safety personnel.
Emergency Reporting & Communications:
Faculty and staff use the Raptor Alert App to report campus and medical emergencies to Bethel Park's Incident Management Team. BPSD uses the ParentSquare school-to-home notification system to quickly communicate emergency information to parents, students, faculty, and staff via phone, text, email, and social media. Students in grades 6-12 and faculty/staff are also trained to use the PA state attorney general's Safe2Say Something anonymous reporting system to submit tips to local authorities about potential threats to the school.