Union County Public Schools is committed to safety in our schools. UCPS has continued their valued relationship with the Union County Sheriff's Department to supply School Resource Officers to our schools. Porter Ridge High Schools is thankful to have a fine safety resource office in Officer Anthony Humphrey. Video doorbell systems, which were added at all UCPS elementary schools during the 2018-19 school year, will be added at all middle and high schools during the upcoming school year. Staff will use this video doorbell system to identify visitors before buzzing them into the building. PRHS will notify parents of procedures when the doorbell system is in place. The school system continues to use electronic identification systems that all visitors must sign into when entering and exiting all UCPS schools.
A focus on social-emotional learning is a proactive measure for school safety and student success. Through a partnership with Union County, UCPS students now have increased access to the social and emotional learning services as well as the mental health resources they need to be successful. This districtwide focus on social and emotional learning will allow the school system to be more proactive when students are in crisis or need emotional support. During the 2019-20 school year, Union County Department of Human Services’ Division of Social Services will hire an additional 10 mental health therapists and five school social workers as part of the collaboration with UCPS.