School Safety

What is a lockdown?

The term lockdown is used in the AASD to describe procedures we use to keep students and staff safe when there is a possible safety concern within our building or in close proximity to our school and district buildings. 

Entrances to the buildings are also locked down and in most cases, people are not allowed in or out of the building. The AASD works with local law enforcement to determine if there is a need to lockdown a school building because of a situation that might threaten the safety of our students or staff. During most lockdown scenarios, our teachers continue to teach while the lockdown occurs.

There are multiple reasons that a building might be placed into a precautionary lockdown. When a possible safety concern exists in close proximity to a school police will direct the district to place a building into lockdown. Once the police have determined that the safety concern no longer exists, the lockdown is lifted.

School administration can also place a school into lockdown because of a medical emergency going on within a building, where it is important to keep the hallways clear. In this case, once the emergency has been addressed, the lockdown is lifted.


The Appleton Area School District will work to contact our families and notify them through multiple modes of communications of the lockdown while it is in progress and once it has been lifted. We do encourage our families to refrain from calling a school in lockdown, entering the parking lot, or attempting to access the building. We try to keep the phone lines clear for communication between law enforcement, our neighboring schools, and our district offices. There may be a larger police presence around the school as a precaution.

We recommend that our families to keep their contact information and notification settings updated in Infinite Campus so they can receive timely updates. We also encourage our families to follow our social media channels for updates and relevant information. If multiple schools are involved, we will also utilize our emergency notification banners on our websites.

Proactive Steps

The AASD has taken proactive steps in increasing the safety of our schools. We will continue to make progress through constant monitoring and feedback.

District Level StepsSchool Resource Officers

  • School-community partnerships to enhance safety measures for students beyond school property
  • Crisis plans and preparedness training (site-level teams; simulation drills; training teachers and other staff in how to respond to students’ questions, crisis awareness)
  • Threat assessment procedures with help from the Appleton Police Department 

School Level Steps

  • Controlling access to school buildings (designated locked entrances). The successful referendum in spring of 2014 allowed for specific AASD school entrances to be renovated by the start of school in fall of 2015 to maintain building entrance control during the school day
  • Monitoring of school guests (report to the main office, sign in, wear badges, report unfamiliar people to school office)
  • Monitoring of school parking lots and video monitoring
  • Monitoring and supervision of student common areas such as hallways, cafeterias, and playgrounds
  • Providing the presence of school resource officers (SRO’s)
  • Creating a safe, supportive school climate through Positive Behavior Initiatives and Support (PBIS) that provides school-wide behavioral expectations, caring school climate programs, positive interventions and supports, psychological and counseling services, and violence prevention programs (bully-proofing, social skill development, conflict mediation)
  • Encouraging students to take responsibility for their part in maintaining safe school environments, including student participation in safety planning. They, better than adults, know the hidden or less trafficked areas of the school that are more likely to be dangerous
  • Promoting compliance with school rules, reporting potential problems to school officials, and resisting peer pressure to act irresponsibly
  • Providing anonymous reporting systems (student tip lines, bully reporting)
  • Providing school preparedness drills (intruder alerts, weather, and fire)
  • Ensuring that schools undergo a school safety audit on a yearly basis to reassess safety needs that encompass all drills, building safety and playground equipment

Read more here:
Safe and Secure Schools

Board Policy

443.9 The Appleton Area School District will provide all students, staff, and community members a safe, secure, and nurturing school environment. School officials will focus on the prevention of school violence through demonstrated respect for all individuals and cultures and support and recognition for positive behavior. Firm guidelines for acceptable behavior will also be followed.
Specific approaches to preventing and reducing school violence, including conflict resolution, peer mediation, and character education will be effectively integrated with teaching and student learning. Efforts to “connect” students with school and community life and with positive “key” influences will be made. Instructional approaches will encourage collective and individual achievement and promote the daily application of positive values and conflict resolution skills to help manage naturally occurring controversies. 

Efforts will be made so that schools become “communities” in which teachers and students get to know one another and develop respect and concern for one another as individuals. Educational staffs will strive to deliver student-centered curricula to help reduce student alienation.

Increased communication between schools, families, community organizations and social service agencies will help form a solid foundation for both prevention and intervention in matters of school violence. Through consistent efforts to be informed and keep others informed, schools can help prevent violence and become communities of cooperation, safety, and achievement.


Have questions about School Safety? 

Greg Hartjes 
Chairperson of the District Safety Committee
(920) 832-6128 (#6)
[email protected]