The Dover Area School District (DASD) takes the safety and security of our staff, students, and visitors very seriously. DASD uses a multifaceted approach to meet the dynamics and evolution of school safety and security in today’s society. One aspect of our safety and security approach is to partner with our local public safety agencies. For many years, the DASD has partnered with Northern York County Regional Police Department (NYCRPD) to provide a presence within our schools, conduct safety and security assessments at each school building, and guide critical incidents. The DASD’s School Resource Officers (SROs) are visible throughout the District and aid in building relationships that foster open communications. Beyond the SROs, the Northern York County Regional Department performs daily random walkthroughs of each school building. Furthermore, DASD also works closely with Dover Township Fire Department, Union Fire and Hose Company #1, York County Sheriff’s Office, and York County Emergency Management.
The District has additional safety and security equipment, procedures, and protocols at our various buildings that are not explicitly discussed. Generally speaking, DASD has video surveillance in each school building and on school campuses. All doors and entrances to the buildings are locked throughout the day. Each building has a designated single entry point during school hours to which visitors must be permitted access. Once visitors are granted access to the building, they must register using our visitor management system. Visitors must be scanned into the visitor ID system with their photo ID and wear a visitor name badge while in the school building. Students having any concerns or information involving potential threats upon individuals and/or property are strongly encouraged to contact school officials or local law enforcement immediately. If students, parents, or staff wish to remain anonymous, may contact either the Safe2Say Something (S2SS) statewide anonymous tip line or the See Something; Say Something, established through the Northern York County Regional Police Department (717-467-8355).