CCIU School Safety

  • The Safety and Security department works with staff members across the intermediate unit to provide the safest environment possible for all students, staff and visitors to our buildings. This is accomplished through continual training, planning and striving to align security procedures with the most current standards. While our schools are equipped with security technology including controlled access and surveillance cameras, it is important for our staff, students, and families to be aware of our current safety and security procedures. 

    The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) values the input of our community stakeholders. If you have a question or concern about security practices and/or procedures, please send an email to our Safety and Security Assistant Manager, Andrew Thurston.

    Safety and Security Responsibilities 

    Staff members follow safety and security protocols, model safety and security behaviors, reinforce behavior expectations and provide behavior interventions. Staff members also plan and conduct emergency drills, participate in safety committees, and collaborate with CCIU personnel and community members to provide safe and secure learning environments. Staff members also know how to identify potential safety and security threats and immediately report such concerns to the school administration. 

    Students play a critical role in maintaining safe and secure schools. Students should follow all directions during emergency drills. Students should be willing to talk with parents, teachers, school counselors, school administrators, and police when they have concerns about their own safety or the safety of others. Students should also practice positive interpersonal relationship skills to help sustain a safe and secure learning environment and to promote social competence. 

    Parents should be knowledgeable about safety and security procedures at their student's school. Parents should reinforce and support school behavior expectations and should participate in safety and security discussions at meetings. Parents should be able to identify potential threats to the safety and security of their student(s) and report concerns to school administration and/or the police without delay. 

    Community members, including members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, work to collaborate with school officials to develop emergency response protocols. 

    Our Team

    Chrissy Simpkins, Manager of Safety and Security

    Andrew Thurston, Assistant Manager of Safety and Security  

Safety and Security Resources

  • Behavioral Threat Assessment 

  • Navigate 360

  • Emergency Operations Plan

  • Ready ChesCo

  • Safe2Say Something

Helpful Resources

Contact Us

  • Andrew Thurston, assistant manager
  • 484-502-6140