We believe in being prepared for a day that might never come
Keeping your children safe while at school is The Ardee School’s top priority. As always, we welcome your comments and would be happy to discuss any ideas or concerns you may have regarding the matter of school safety or emergency preparedness.
The 'Primary Responsibility’ for institutions like ours which nurtures our future generations, is to simulate awareness to be 'Safe and Secure’ at all times. Safety for our students, our teachers, our staff and our visitors is number one in our list of priorities.
School safety, Crisis management, Emergency preparedness need to be more than just process in our schools today. Fire protection, safety from intruders, weather and other possible natural hazards are of prime importance in our system but today we need to look far beyond and create a further protection shield for ourselves from pollution, heat and cold waves, dangerous mosquitoes and pests and this list is becoming progressive. At Ardee we have employed a combination of technology and human efforts to try and remain above potential hazards in our day to day functioning.
Entry/exit of all persons in the school is being logged in through lanyards with RFID cards (Radio Frequency Identification cards) with arrival and dispersal timing specified. At any point, there is a clear record of when the student has entered the school premises or has exited the school premises with an instant text message going to the parents’ registered mobile number. This has been/is being done for all teaching staff. The RFID cards serve as photo identity cards which will be shown by anyone while on campus.
We have 8 digital cameras in our schools (without any blind spots) to monitor activity inside and outdoors. Through this system, we can check/control situations at our schools and capture video images, which will aid investigations on questionable activities in and around our schools. The same is accessible by parents by submitting an application at the discretion of the management .The CCTV feeds will monitor this on an ongoing basis and feeds will be reviewed on a regular basis. Each morning all schools report the working condition of the cameras to the IT officer at school.
The Control Panel ensures that the footage is visible not only to the designated viewer but any other concerned person. All of our five schools relay a live feed to the Head office at Barakhamba Road where in the Chief Vigilance Officer views the update. The live feed is relayed on the mobile phone of every Head of the school, where in viewing is available 24/7.
All staff has been verified by the police. Regular back ground check is done. A record of the same is maintained and is available with the Administrative Department. Bio data with personal details of all staff, permanent or contractual is maintained as part of school records by the HR department.
All our school buses are fitted with a GPS system-Safetrax. Guidelines laid out by Supreme Court are followed. The female attendant accompanying students is verified by the police and undergoes regular training.
A roster has been made under the Student Welfare Head. The Vigilance in charge takes 3 walking inspections daily to particularly monitor the campus. Only the staff authorised to have access to parts of premises, are seen in those areas; checks entry/exits to washrooms, whether any unauthorized person is entering classrooms and if any person is attempting to gain unauthorized entry. The Vigilance in charge is visible during school assembly and dispersal time. All students are sensitised to the same and the Student Council is given a list of vigilance points wherein they assist in the monitoring, on a daily basis. Over and above this the Principal, Heads and Coordinators are on vigilance duty on a roster that ensures student safety at all times.
The school has a designated Safety Officer to ensure that there is minimum risk to child safety on account of physical hazards and to ensure the following are given due attention: Electricity-related risks; Storage of hazardous/dangerous materials in the laboratories/kitchens is stored safely under lock and key at all times. Gas-related risks, water-related risks, fire-related risks have been taken into account. The play field and building is audited regularly by a structural supervisor. Safety of glass installations has been highlighted with signage to avoid injury.
The Crisis Management Team comprising representation from all stake holders meet at regular intervals to review existing policies and procedures and upgrade systems.
The school has a designated Nurse who will ensure basic screening of staff for medical ailments/infections at their time of joining by ensuring that a basic medical check is carried out. Thereafter, the exercise shall be repeated annually for all staff, attendants who come in daily contact with children.
Our curriculum, teaching methodology and tie-ups make our students feel at home with the world.