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Safety & Security

Lakota West partners with the West Chester Police Department for School Resource Officer (SRO) services. All students, staff, and teachers are trained yearly on Active Shooter/Violence situations, specifically using the ALICE Concept (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Escape) which is first taught in the second grade in Lakota. Several times during the school year, all students and staff participate in state-mandated lockdown drills. 


Meet Our SROs

Patrick Eilerman

Creekside Early Childhood School, West Freshman, Lakota Central

Officer Patrick Eilerman serves as the school resource officer for Creekside ECS and Lakota West Freshman. Officer Patrick has been with the West Chester Police Department since 2017. He works with students in many different capacities and helps teachers reinforce safety reminders. He patrols the building, is instrumental in securing our facility, supports our arrival and dismissal procedures and supports our Liberty students throughout the day.

Jeff Newman

West High

Officer Jeff Newman works with the Lakota West Administration team on school safety, building security, criminal activity, traffic control and student safety. Officer Newman can be called for anything, but mainly law enforcement concerns and questions.

Officer Newman has served the West community since 2005. He enjoys the interaction with the staff and students. He was a former Lakota West basketball coach and is currently the golf coach at Lakota Plains Junior School.

He has been in law enforcement for 32 years with jobs as a Certified Crime Prevention Specialist, School Resource Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Bike Patrol Officer and an ALICE Instructor.

District Safety & Security

The safety, health, and well-being of Lakota students, staff, volunteers, and visitors is our top priority.

The purpose of this webpage is to provide parents, students, volunteers, and visitors with information on district safety programs and links to helpful resources.

Plains SRO training on exiting building

Safety Guidelines

  • Schools in Lakota conduct all safety drills required by law and by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Visitors to Lakota schools must sign in at the office and wear a visitor badge while at the school.
  • Video cameras are used to monitor activity throughout the schools.
  • Any volunteer with unsupervised access to students will be required to pass a criminal background check through our visitor management system, Raptor.
  • Bullying and hazing activities of any type are prohibited. No school district employee shall encourage, permit, authorize, condone, or tolerate any bullying or hazing activity.
  • Any chemicals brought into a school or on school grounds must have a Material Safety Data Sheet.