Director of School Administration, Scott Barron, monitors the school’s security via a live video monitor.
Approximately 750 people call Sacred Heart Cathedral School home. The safety of our school community in every way is of paramount importance, and here is some critical information on the safety of our campus:
All SHCS staff go through extensive background checks and ongoing Virtus training in keeping children safe from sexual abuse, per diocesan policy. In addition, all volunteers at the school are background checked, and Virtus trained as well. No one may go on a school field trip, as an example, without meeting these requirements.
All students K-8 at Sacred Heart go through annual “safe touch” training in age-appropriate ways with classroom teachers. This training helps children to self-advocate if it should ever be necessary, and to speak immediately with trusted adults about any concerns.
We are continually assessing and improving the physical safety of our campus. We have 30 cameras located on campus, and key staff have high-quality wireless radios for internal communication. Our new main entrance features state-of-the-art security and SHCS added a high-quality external door to our cafe in 2019.
Our students participate in regularly-scheduled safety drills on campus, including fire drills, shelter-in-place drills, and soft and hard lockdown drills. Two officers from the Knox County School Safety Office visited us in January 2019 and told us that we are the “best prepared private school in the area.”
A full-time nurse and full-time counselor minister to the needs of students and staff on our campus.