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.
Please know there are many ways that Orange Lutheran protects the physical safety of our campus. This includes things like:
- Five full-time and five part-time campus safety personnel, including a retired police officer with 25 years of experience, 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. All other exterior doors are equipped with alarms.
- A state of the art Visitor Management System that screens for sex offenders
- Administrative presence during morning arrival and transition periods
- Expanded parking lot supervision and enforcement of parking permits
- 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
There are many other changes that will occur over the next year, including the changing of the main entry point (Welcome Center). This new design will allow for a continued single point entry and exit, while adding higher security measures.
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,
Chief Executive Officer