St. Thomas the Apostle School takes the safety of our children, staff and faculty very seriously and is one of our primary concerns. The following updates/improvements have been made to our school campus and procedures to ensure the safety of all:

  • All doors are locked at all times, access to school building is controlled through office
  • All volunteers/substitutes must have state and Archdiocese of Philadelphia clearances
  • Visitors are required to sign in/out, wear visitor decals
  • Parents are required to sign students in/out if arriving late or leaving before dismissal
  • “bank teller” window allows for security/ID checks
  • Pre-K play area is completely fenced off from outside
  • Recording cameras throughout school building
  • DelPass Alarm-Police Response Alert (911) for emergency needs
  • Various drills (Lock Down, Shelter in Place, Intruder Alert) practiced numerous times throughout school year, Crisis Committee addresses safety of school
  • School nurse on staff five days a week
  • Students pair up, open doors, assist younger students during drills
  • Use of Walkie-Talkies in recess, lunch yard and at bus, car line dismissal
  • Safety-Latch locks, doors can remain locked from outside.
  • Safety fence constructed in front playground & fields for protection from parking lot during/after school
  • Metal barriers placed at front/rear of school parking lot from 8:20 am until dismissal
  • Heavy duty metal clamps for holding swings in front playground, safety mats placed under swings
  • Locks installed for both small and large gyms in case of emergency
  • Hand turned bolt locks installed inside bathrooms to prevent intruders from entering (keys can unlock if needed) and provide a safe area for all.
  • Large RED numbers attached to exit doors for identification in case of emergency
  • Room darkening curtains on classroom windows for security and to reduce sun as needed
  • Safety cushions placed on corners of hallway walls in Early Childhood wing to prevent injury
  • Reunification Plan in place if evacuation of school to alternative site needed