Welcome to West Ottawa’s Safety Department
Safe – Disciplined – Drug-Free
Safe schools will always be an integral part of a positive learning environment. The district has taken many steps to support a safe and respectful environment. Safety policies and procedures are in place at every school and strictly enforced. Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies work in our secondary buildings and are a visible presence.
A 24-hour Safety Hotline (616) 738-5750 is in place to report any safety concerns. A parent/staff Safe Schools Committee meets throughout the year.
Proactive intervention/prevention programs are incorporated into the curriculum:
- PALs (Peer Assistant Listeners)
- Project CHARLIE
Students learn conflict resolution strategies. A crisis management team, immediate intervention, and response strategies are in place at each school. Crisis Management handbooks are in classrooms and offices.
A Student Code of Conduct holds all students accountable for their actions. The Non-Discrimination Policy protects students, staff, volunteers, Board members, applicants, and contractors. An Acceptable Use Policy governs the use of district technology.
Michigan Sherriffs’ Association - STOPPED Teen Driving Program
STOPPED (Sheriffs’ Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers) is a notification feature makes parents aware of any potential problems and enables them to enforce rules they have set regarding teenage driving privileges. Information in the letter includes the time, location, number of passengers, reason for the stop and whether a citation was issued.
Parents register their vehicle online at www.michigansheriff.com/Stopped.htm and a STOPPED sticker is mailed to their home to be placed on the vehicle’s windshield. It serves as a visible reminder to the young driver to drive safely and responsibly, and that should he or she be pulled over for any reason, the parents will receive a letter regarding the incident.