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Anne Arundel County Public Schools (in cooperation with the Anne Arundel County Police Department) has developed a Student Safety Initiative, which will include a gang awareness and education program. This program, entitled “What You Don’t’ Know Can Hurt You, is now in place at schools throughout the county.   read more


During each school year, various drills are conducted at every school to ensure that staff and students are prepared in the event of an emergency. These drills include monthly fire/evacuation drills.

In addition, five drills with scenarios developed by the school system’s Office of School Security and based upon various possible emergency scenarios are done each year. These include, but are not limited to:

  • evacuation for natural gas emergencies;

  • shelter for tornado and earthquake;

  • shelter for outside hazardous materials release;

  • lockout for danger outside of the school building

  • reverse evacuation back into the school for students and staff outside;

  • and lockdown for a person with a weapon inside of the school. 

These drills are discussed with staff prior to the drill, evaluated once the drill is complete. In some cases, the drills may be discussed with students before they take place.

The safety and well-being of students is paramount at Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

The AACPS school system, individual schools and the Office of School Security are engaged in collaborative partnerships with a variety of agencies, including the:

  • Anne Arundel County and Annapolis police and fire departments

  • Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Anne Arundel County Department of Health

  • Anne Arundel Mobile Crisis Response Unit aid in the implementation of prevention and awareness programs and assist students when emergency incidents do occur.

Parents and community members can be invaluable partners with the school system by maintaining open lines of communication and keeping abreast of the latest trends and recommended safety measures.  Please explore the information on these pages to find out more about safety programs, crime prevention, gang concerns, and emergency procedures at Anne Arundel County Public Schools.