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 in and out timing specified. At any point, there is a clear record of when the student is in 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, support staff and visitors also. The RFID cards serve as photo identity cards which will be displayed by anyone while on campus.
We have 150 digital cameras in our schools(without any blind spots) to monitor activity inside and outdoors. Through this system, we can check/control vandalism, bullying and dangerous 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.
Our entire campus is has been fitted with wi-fi panic buttons. These buttons can be pressed by any student/employee under duress, once pressed instant notification will go to school administration with the present location of student as well as a loud alarm will emit from hooters.
which 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 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 who are 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 incharge 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 ad procedures and upgrade systems.
The school has a designated Health Officer 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.
Collaboration with Fortis hospital
The school has a designated Canteen officer who will ensure basic hygiene and cleanliness of any food or liquid items served, as well as of the premises, counters, utensils, crockery etc. The license is displayed in the cafe. PSA members are requested to do surprise checks to ensure that the required standards of hygiene are maintained.
Monthly fire drills ensure our students and staff are prepared for a quick exit from the building in the event of an emergency. The fire department personnel train the staff on the use of fire extinguishers.
Drills- make this the same size as the other headings. Students are taken through various drills to prepare them for any emergency situation. All Drills have a clear protocol and this is explanined to all students and further monitored by staff.
This includes Evacuation Drill in case of Bomb threat; Fire Drill, Earthquake Drill and Lock Down Drill. These are held at regular intervals and the process reviewed.
The K-9 security agency provides 5 male and 4 lady guards are stationed on each floor, who work in security patrol, safeguarding students, staff, campus visitors, and property.
All construction or repair work on school premises is done on weekends or only after school hours.
The school has a No Entry policy for any external service personnel during school hours. No plumbers, electricians, carpenters, labourers etc. are permitted on premises during school hours unless urgent and they are accompanied by a school admin person at all times.
Our curriculum, teaching methodology and tie-ups make our students feel at home with the world.