School Safety and Crisis Planning

  • Contact Information:

    David Malveaux, Director of School Safety

    4600 River Rd.

    Marrero, LA 70072

    Office: 504-349-7641 | Fax: 504-349-8616


    What We Do

    The Department of School Safety is here to assist with any questions or concerns involving Crisis Management, Discipline, CPI, Safe Schools and Crossing Guard Training, School Resource and Detail Officers

    *For Information on Bullying/Violence Prevention and Substance Abuse Policies, Calendars and In-take forms, please see the District Affairs Discipline page


    Virtual Fire Drills in place during COVID-19

    The Office of State Fire Marshal has released general modification procedures that will apply for as long as the Social Distancing requirements remain in place. Please read "Emergency Egress Drill Procedures during the COVID-19 Pandemic" to become familiar with updated school fire drill procedures. These procedures will be practiced this school year. 


    For more information on CDC considerations, click on "Operating Schools During Covid-19". 


    At the beginning of each school year

    Louisiana House Bill 718, passed during regular Legislature Session of 2013 states, “All schools are required to develop and maintain an emergency operations plan, as well as practice and document a table top safety drill exercise, (APPENDIX B and APPENDIX C) in effort to provide students, faculty and staff a safe learning and working environment. Schools are required to submit such documentation within the first 30 days of each school year. All schools are also required to perform and submit MONTHLY DRILLS as per the Jefferson Parish Board Drill Policy, passed on November 5, 2008.

    David Malveaux, is assigned the role of Director of School Safety. School faculty and staff are trained to assess the seriousness of incidents and respond according to the plan's established procedures and guidelines. The Jefferson Parish DISTRICT CRISIS PLAN gives guidance for each type of incident. The District’s plan is password protected. Please email Kerri Cianciminio, School Safety Administrative Assistant, to obtain access.

    For information on School Safety, you may download the District Safety Guide in the following languages. EnglishSpanish Arabic and Vietnamese.


    Jefferson Parish Emergency Response Protocols


    Central Office and Itinerant Employee Identification Cards

    Jefferson Parish Schools require all personnel to have a picture ID. Central Office and Itinerant employees needing an ID are asked to please have your department supervisor complete the JPS Identification Card Request. Your supervisor will receive an email with the appointment date and time scheduled.


    Terms to know

    • Evacuation: Used to move students and staff out of the building.
      • With a simple evacuation, students and staff leave and move to a nearby pre-designated safe location and return to the school building right after the cause of evacuation is resolved. Schools practice evacuations regularly (often monthly) during fire drills.


    • Relocation: Used to move students and staff to a pre-designated alternate site following evacuation when it is determined that returning to the school building will not take place within a reasonable period of time.
      • Depending on the time of day and the circumstances, students may be released early or school activities may be changed or put on hold until they are able to return to the school building. Plans should also be in place for students and staff with limited mobility who may need assistance moving to the relocation site.


    • Shelter-in-place: Used during severe weather or other environmental threats (e.g., air contamination due to a local fire).
      • This is a precaution aimed to keep people safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.) In schools, shelter-in-place involves having all students, staff, and visitors take shelter in pre-selected rooms that have phone access and stored disaster supplies kits and, preferably, access to a bathroom. The room doors are then shut.


    • Lockdown: Used when there is a perceived danger inside the building.
      • A lockdown includes securing each occupied room by locking the door(s) and directing people to move away from windows and doors. Hallways are cleared of students and school staff. Typically, local law enforcement arrives to secure the site and arrange for evacuation or return to usual building activities. Students are kept in their classrooms or other secured areas in the school until the lockdown has ended.


    • Lockout: Used to secure the building from a potential threat outside the building, such as when an unauthorized person is loitering on school grounds or when there is criminal activity in the neighborhood.
      • During a lockout, access to the building is restricted, but there may be some limited movement within the building.


    • Single Point of Entry: Used by all visitors for entrance into the school.
      • All exterior doors and gates are to be locked around the school at all times with the exception of the designated “Single Point of Entry” gate. Visitors must check in through the designated area before entering school grounds. This gate is monitored and must be properly marked with a sign stating that it is the only entrance allowed to gain access on to school grounds.