Student Safety: Our Purpose
Student and employee safety is the first concern of Athens City Schools.
How We Prepare for Emergency Situations
In the event of a crisis, natural disaster, or inclement weather situation, we want all parents and stakeholders to be assured that our top priority is the safety and security of all who are on our campuses.
Athens City Schools annually updates our emergency response procedures. These procedures provide our faculty, staff and administrators specific instructions to respond to various events, including severe weather, natural disasters, or other crises that might occur in and around our schools. These procedures are used in annual safety and security training for all employees. In addition, we frequently conduct emergency response drills to practice and improve the effectiveness of our response to various situations.
Athens City Schools is proud to have a positive working relationship with the Athens City Police Department and other agencies. Members of local law enforcement agencies regularly train in our schools and maintain access that enables them to respond without delay in any situation. We meet regularly with city and county officials and other agencies that assist our school system in emergencies.
The school system maintains an active crisis response team which includes administrators, counselors, law enforcement, fire and medical emergency responders, city leaders and other individuals who are always ready to respond. Activation of the crisis response team occurs whenever a school needs additional support.
Remember to keep your contact information updated with your child’s school, and talk with your children about the importance of all safety drills at school. By preparing now, we can all work together to ensure that our students are protected for learning without limits.
ACS Jamari Terrell Williams Student Bullying Prevention Act Policy
Athens City Schools is comitted to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. According to the official Jamari Terrell Williams Student Bullying Prevention Act, no student shall engage in or be subjected to harassment, violence, threats of violence, or intimidation by any other student that is based on any of the specific characteristics that have been identified by the Board in the policy. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
Parents and students may report bullying to school administrators by using the ACS Bullying Complaint Form.
Meet the Student Safety Coordinator
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Mike O'Rear
Mike O'Rear began his career in education as a teacher, coach, and Assistant Principal in the Madison County and Huntsville City School Systems. He has been a part of the Athens City School team for twelve years where he has served as an Assistant Principal for Athens High School and now serves as the Student Services Coordinator for Athens City Schools.
Mr. O'Rear earned a Bachelor of Science in History from the University of North Alabama, a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Athens State University, and a Master's in Educational Administration from the University of North Alabama.
Mr. O’Rear is married and has one son who attends the University of North Alabama.