Safety

A Message from the CEO, Todd Moritz

At Orange Lutheran High School, the safety and security of our students are of utmost importance. Our mission is to help students internalize the Gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. We are redefining the high school experience by developing healthy, strong, caring people who understand that their identity is in Christ alone and who are strengthened and prepared for a Christian life of purpose, service through vocation, and leadership in a global society. In order to do this, we must have a physically safe environment.

The tragedy that recently occurred in Florida, and those that have occurred prior, continue to be absolutely heartbreaking. They exist as devastating reminders of the embedded evil that sadly infiltrates institutions that should exist as places of safety and refuge. It is our ongoing prayer that we as a nation do more to address this evil and that we remain engaged in the dialogue that surrounds appropriate measures. Here at Orange Lutheran, it is critical that we remain proactively committed to ensuring that we are adequately prepared by ensuring that we are appropriately trained, staffed, resourced, and secure.

On February 27, 2018, Principal Todd Eklund gave an inspiring message of hope and compassion during our chapel time. I pray that you will take time to listen to the message and discuss it with your student(s). You can find a link to that message here (opens in a new window).

Please know there are many ways that Orange Lutheran protects the physical safety of our campus. This includes things like:
  • Five full-time and two part-time campus safety personnel, including a former U.S. Marine and an officer who retired after 24 years in law enforcement, three of those years as a dedicated School Resource Officer
  • Coordinated disaster plans and a strong relationship with the Orange Police and Fire Departments
  • A single monitored point of entry and exit for students during the school day
  • Administrative presence during morning arrival and transition periods
  • Expanded parking lot supervision and enforcement of parking decals
  • An extensive camera and monitoring system
  • A comprehensive disaster response plan
  • Frequent drills and training provided to teachers and students
  • Two-way radios used by campus safety and administration
  • A text alert system in place for communication to faculty and/or parents
Further, our extensive, $300,000 security system upgrade, which began in 2017, will be complete this April. 

There are many other changes that will occur over the next year, including the changing of the main entry point (Welcome Center), a robust background check on all visitors to our campus, additional lower level security and more.

But our commitment does not stop at the physical safety of your child. Four years ago we began the process of redefining the high school experience with the focus on the overall health and well being of our students. So many things have been done and are being done to help students become healthy, strong, caring people. As some schools struggle for resources, we have done many things to bless our students such as:
  • Expand our commitment to Campus Safety
  • Lower student to counselor ratio to 211:1 (best practice standards are 250:1 and the state of California public schools are 760:1).
  • Provide trained counselors in the area of Mental Health Crises such as suicide, depression, and abuse
  • Provide ongoing training and professional development for faculty and staff
  • Integrate Social Emotional Learning to increase Emotional Intelligence through World Council (including ROAM, TBD, personality assessments and other relationship/empathy driven initiatives)
  • Acquire our first emotional support dog, Marty
Finally, let us all join in prayer not only for the safety of our students but for our country and world in how we treat and love one another.

Thanks for your trust - and partnership in the Gospel.

To God be the glory,

Todd Moritz
Chief Executive Officer

Campus Safety

List of 9 items.

  • Campus Safety Team

    • We have five full-time and two part-time campus safety personnel, including a former U.S. Marine and an officer who retired after 24 years in law enforcement, three of those years as a dedicated School Resource Officer.
    • Our school administration team includes a former Crime Scene Investigator.
    • Widespread cameras are located throughout our campus with all being recorded.
    • All campus safety personnel carry two-way radios for enhanced communication with administration and other staff.
    • A campus safety cell phone is always carried by the on-duty campus safety person.
  • Crisis Communications

    • Text and email blasts will be sent to all Orange Lutheran families according to the information on file; as a result, it is essential that contact information is current.
    • In order to facilitate accurate information and minimize confusion and misinformation in an emergency situation, students and families are asked to share only the information that is provided through the school from emergency care professionals; media information may be immediate but is not always accurate.
  • Daily Procedures

    • All students must remain on campus throughout their school day unless they are signed out at the Success Center and sign back in when they return to campus.
    • Exterior doors to the school remain locked, with the exception of the main entrance by the Welcome Center.
    • We maintain a closed campus. All visitors during school hours must sign in and out at the Welcome Center.
    • The gates to the lunch area remain closed during the school day. This ensures that visitors coming on campus must check-in at the Welcome Center.
  • Faculty and Staff Training

    • All faculty and staff have been trained in emergency preparedness procedures.
    • Various drills are held with students typically three times throughout the year.
    • Each room is equipped with a backpack that includes emergency procedures and other supplies
  • Future Enhancements

    System Enhancements in Progress
    An extensive upgrade of our campus security systems began in 2017 and will be completed in April 2018. This upgrade includes the following changes:

    • All exterior doors will be equipped with an alarm mechanism. An audible alarm will sound in the event of an open door and Campus Safety will immediately be notified.
    • Certain doors will be equipped with electronic access controls.
    • All exterior doors will be rekeyed, with no on-ground personnel having access to exterior keys.
    • All staff will wear photo ID while on campus.

    Future System Enhancements
    Summer 2018:
    • Additional security cameras will be added to our system.
    • The lower level gate will be replaced with an electronic gate that provides additional security.
    • An automated Visitor ID system will be implemented providing a background check on any visitor coming to campus.


    Fall 2018/Winter 2019:
    • A redesigned Welcome Center will be installed to enhance security and further control campus access.
  • Natural Disaster Preparedness

    • A comprehensive disaster preparation policy is in place.
    • Food and water is stored on site for up to three days for the entire student body.
  • Relationships with Local Law Enforcement

    • Our emergency disaster plans have been coordinated with the Orange Police and Fire Departments. In addition, a blueprint of our school is on file with both agencies should it be necessary.
    • Our campus safety staff works closely with personnel at Orange Police Department assessing our emergency plans and making any adjustments that are needed at their recommendations.
    • Orange PD has an assigned School Resource Officer who visits the school and is familiar with the layout of the campus.
  • Resources

    Local Law Enforcement

    Information about how Orange Lutheran is Redefining the High School Experience
  • Student Wellness

    Our commitment does not stop at the physical safety of your child. Four years ago we began the process of redefining the high school experience with the focus on the overall health and well being of our students. So many things have been done and are being done to help students become healthy, strong, caring people. As some schools struggle for resources, we have done many things to bless our students such as:
    • Expand our commitment to Campus Safety
    • Lower student to counselor ratio to 211:1 (best practice standards are 250:1 and the state of California public schools are 760:1).
    • Provide trained counselors in the area of Mental Health Crises such as suicide, depression, and abuse
    • Provide ongoing training and professional development for faculty and staff
    • Integrate Social Emotional Learning to increase Emotional Intelligence through World Council (including ROAM, TBD, personality assessments and other relationship/empathy driven initiatives)
    • Acquire our first emotional support dog, Marty

Find Us

2222 N. Santiago Blvd.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 998-5151

Who We Are

Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School, is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran is based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.