Safety & Security

Providing a safe learning environment for students and staff is our number one priority. All Ƶ Public Ƶ deploy a variety of safety and security measures to ensure safe learning environments. On this page will only highlight some of the more public safety measures and procedures we deploy and we will not go into details about other more protected procedures for obvious reasons.

For more information about the overarching processes and procedureswe deploy, pleaseselect the links below:

Emergency Operation Plans

Each building in the Ƶ Public Ƶ has a individualized Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). These plans contain the more specific details related to that building's emergency processes and procedures. The EOPs are reviewed and updated annually by local law enforcement, the NebraskaDept. of Education, the District's Safety and Security Committee, and finally by each building administrative team. Some of the general practices you might see outlined in the EOP are listed below:

Access Control:

All 35 Ƶ Ƶ have access control measures in place. These measures include but are not limited to individually locking rooms and electronically monitored areas using both video and contact surveillance at all times. Additionally, visitor management control measures are also utilized which helps limitpublic access to our schools.

Standard Response Protocol (SRP):

The Ƶ Public Ƶ participates in the Statewide effort to align emergency response by using SRP. The SRP is a Nationally known protocol developed by the .

SRP is based on five actions; Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. In the event of an emergency, these actions are communicated to all students and staff by various means. Our staff and students are trained on these procedures regularly and these protocolsare a part of each school's more comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan.The SRP also provides schools and local law enforcement with specific reunification procedures in the event of a mass evacuation.

For more information about SRP, please click on the links below:

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Run, Hide, Fight Doctrine:

Ƶ Public School also promotes the .

School Resource Officers

The School Resource Officer (SRO) position is a partnershipbetween the Omaha Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff Departmentand the Ƶ Public School District. A full time officer is assigned to each of the high schools and part time officers are assigned to each middle school.

The Ƶ SROs are carefully selected,trained, and equipped to serve a unique and needed role in our schools.

The School Based Law Enforcement concept is the placement of an experienced law enforcement professional in the High Ƶ, Middle Ƶ and Elementary Ƶ with the following goals.

  • Creating and maintaining safe, secure and orderly learning environments for students and staff.
  • Establish a trusting channel of communication with the students, parents, and teachers.
  • Serve as a positive role model to instill in student's good moral standards, good judgement and discretion, respect for other students, and a sincere concern for the school community.
  • Promote citizen awareness of the law to enable students to become better informed and effective citizens, while empowering students with the knowledge of law enforcement efforts and obligations regarding enforcement as well as consequences for violations of the law.
  • Serve as a confidential source of counseling for students and parents concerning problems they face as well as providing information on community resources available to them.

The SRO program reflects a community partnership between the Police Department and the School District to ensure that our schools are safe, secure, and orderly learning environments.

The SRO should be looked at as a resource to which the school community can turn. As such, the SRO fulfills three roles by using a triad approach. The officer acts as alaw enforcement officer,aninformalcounselor,and alaw-related presenter. As a law enforcement officer, the primary purpose is to "keep the peace." As a informal counselor, the officer provides resource guidance to students, parents, teachers, staff, and act as a link to support services both inside and outside theschool. As a law-related presenter, the officer will share special law enforcement expertise by presentations in the classroom to promote a better understanding of our laws. Furthermore, the SRO also serves as positive role model for the students on campus during school hours and off campus at extracurricular activities.

Triad Model
Safe2Help Line (833-980-7233)

TheNebraska Safe2Help Line at833-980-SAFE (7233), is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All students, staff, and community membersmay call Safe2Help anonymously at any time and speak directlyto a trained counselor. The Help line can also be used to report any type of unsafe behavior in our schools. Safety is everyone's responsibility so if you see something, say something.

The Safe2Helpis a partnership with Boys Town National Hotline. For more information, including how to reach a counselor through email, chat or text, go to

Takeitdown (Online Safety)

The Center for Missing and ExploitedChildrenhas created a tool called "Take It Down". This tool allows individuals to remove unwantedonline images of themselves. More information about this tool canbe found here: