Hill Academy’s primary goal is always the safety and well-being of our
students and staff. The system that is used provides a gated community,
while still allowing for freedom of movement around all areas of our
large campus. These gates permit children, teachers, and parents to
move within the confines of the Upper
and Lower School
complex and limit the number of entry points around campus. This
creates a courtyard effect on the interior. Any stand alone buildings,
including the Student Activities Center, the Center for Early Learning,
and the Science and Environmental Center
are locked at all times. Visitors are required to enter at the main
office only by a buzz-in system. Entry and exit doors are clearly
Twenty-six security cameras are placed strategically around campus to
monitor the flow of people through gates and around the school.
Immediate communication around campus is provided by the sixty-two
high-quality walkie-talkie radios used by all staff. Special channels
ensure the flow of messages to the correct parties.
All entry doors around campus are identified with a building letter
and door number to help facilitate communication within our large campus
and the outside community. Oak Hill strictly abides by the
requirements of the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency
Planning. For example, Oak Hill participates in at least one fire drill
and one school security drill each month. In addition, as required,
the school holds a minimum of two of each of the following security
drills annually: active shooter, evacuation (non-fire), bomb threat, and
lockdown. Emergency kits, window blinds, black security curtains, and
door locks are located in each classroom in case of a lockdown.
Security Command Center
Faculty and staff are required to wear a
picture ID badge at all times. Visitors and parents must sign in and
receive a pass before moving past our main office entry point. Over
seeing all these measures is Oak Hill Academy’s Director of Security,
Mr. Art Livingston. He is assisted by Mr. Dave Enderly. They work in conjunction with Mr. Arthur Cosentino, School Security Officer, and Director of Facilities, Mr. Glenn Misson.
Each day this staff assists students and parents with safe drop-off of
children in the morning and pick-up of students at dismissal. This
security staff also maintains a close relationship with local
authorities and agencies.