At Bright Lights, we believe that children should enjoy a fun summer filled with engaging learning opportunities in a safe and secure environment. Here are some of the steps we take to make sure all of our class sites are safe places for students to learn:
- A comprehensive safety plan is reviewed each year with the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Director of Security and the Bright Lights staff, and updates are made as needed.
- We follow the LPS Standard Response Protocol for emergency situations and review the process with teachers and volunteers prior to each session beginning.
- We notify the Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln Fire and Rescue and the Public Safety Director of our summer program dates.
- Bright Lights staff located at Holmes Elementary and Lux Middle School carry 2-way radios to aid in the communication process.
- Bright Lights staff have current CPR and first aid training.
- Teachers receive safety updates and have the opportunity to clarify questions during our annual training in April.
- Teachers must pass a background check before being considered for a summer position.
- All volunteer Classroom Assistants receive training in safety procedures, and those who are over the age of 19 must also pass a background check.
- The emergency routes out of the building are reviewed and practiced with the students on the first day of their class.
- Each teacher has an emergency folder containing student and parent information should the class have to leave the classroom during an emergency and reunite elsewhere.
- Name tags and color-coded shirts provide another level of safety during the summer sessions, acting as a visual identification between program staff and any visitors in the building or on the playground.
- All visitors must check-in using a photo ID at the Secure Entrance Monitor (SEM) desk when entering Holmes and Lux.
- If a student is absent, a phone call is made to the primary number listed on the registration to make sure the absence is known and the student is safe.
- Adult supervision is provided in the classroom and hallways, on the playground and at arrival and dismissal.
- Health support is provided at Holmes by a nurse during the three primary program weeks to support students as needed.
We put these safety measures in place so that our teachers and students can focus on learning and having fun, and so our families feel confident leaving their students in our care. This is just one more reason why Bright Lights is an excellent choice for a summer activity. Go to www.BrightLights.org to view the many classes that still have available spots!