Safety Information and Bullying Prevention

Emergency Procedure Sheet
Every student must have an emergency procedure sheet on file in the school office.  Sheets are sent home at the beginning of the school year and must be returned promptly.  The office should be notified immediately of any change in address or phone numbers during the school year.

Bullying Prevention
Bullying, harassment, or intimidation of any student is prohibited in all Archdiocese of Baltimore Schools. Such behaviors are contrary to school life in a Christ-centered community, which respects the dignity and uniqueness of all of God’s children. To foster a school environment where all students are educated in a safe and caring atmosphere, all Archdiocesan schools will follow established procedures for prevention, intervention and response.

Archdiocesan Bullying Prevention Policy
Bullying Reporting Form

Child Safety Programs
Maryland law requires that all educators and other school employees, including volunteers, report suspected child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities in order that children may be protected from harm and the family may be helped.

100% of OLPH School teachers and volunteers participate in the child protection program, VIRTUS, which ensures a safe environment for children within the community of the Church.

OLPH School does not allow a non-custodial parent physical access to his/her child during school hours or on school premises unless the custodial parent has consented or the school has a court order permitting access.

School Safety Programs
100% of OLPH School teachers and staff receive state and Diocesan approved background and fingerprint check.  All teachers and staff adhere to detailed and well supervised drop-off and pick-up procedures.

State Health Programs
OLPH School is in compliance with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Regulations concerning drug safety, blood-borne pathogens, asbestos, lead, mercury, and radon.  An emergency response plan, compliant with the Howard County Public School System, is in place.  An emergency response team, including administrators, teachers, nurses, office staff, and facilities manager has been trained.

Crisis Management Plans
OLPH School has safety plans in place for emergency situations.

Internet Safety
OLPH School follows the Archdiocese of Baltimore acceptable use of computers policy found in the handbook.  In addition, parents/guardians of all students must sign a consent form.  Students in Grades 6-8 will be given a copy of the policy and must sign a consent form.