Maintaining a Secure School Environment
The security of a school campus is a major consideration when families are choosing the right school for their children. At HHCA, the safety and security of our students is a top priority, and we make exceptional efforts daily to ensure your children are safe, secure, and protected.
Ongoing security efforts include emergency preparedness training for faculty and staff, as well as partnerships with the Bluffton Police Department, Bluffton Fire Department, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, and other emergency management officials on a variety of security initiatives. These include anti-bullying efforts, threat assessment and intervention, risk awareness and mitigation, fire and building safety, and hurricane planning/preparedness.
Safety & Security Initiatives
Together with our community partners, we make sure that emergency response planning at HHCA is ongoing and adaptive, always utilizing proven and up-to-date training, methods, and protocols. All of these efforts combine to ensure that our campus security program stays focused, intentional, highly effective, and responsive.
Listed below are many of the safety & security initiatives currently in place at HHCA:
- Physical campus & building security: perimeter fencing; 85 HD interior and exterior security cameras; electric strike key access doors
- Closed-campus policy (7:30 AM-3:30 PM, M-F)
- Raptor Visitor Management security screening system
- Anonymous Reporting system for students and parents
- Mentor and staff bi-annual trainings: emergency preparedness and response; managing student conflicts; bullying prevention; threat assessment; mental health awareness; crisis intervention strategies; child neglect/abuse & sexual assault awareness; active threat and assailant response; student/parent reunification
- On-campus Rapid Response Team trained specifically to respond and mitigate emergency situations
- South Carolina teacher mandated reporter training & awareness
- Staff and mentor certification in CPR, AED, Stop-the-Bleed training
- Random weekly drug testing for Upper School students
- Fire and building safety and compliance
- Hurricane and severe weather planning and preparedness
Student-focused safety and health trainings:
- Student emergency response and awareness training
- CPR & AED certification for 11th grade students in conjunction with Bluffton Fire Department
- Girls' self-defense and situational awareness training with the SASS GO organization
- Distracted Driver training program for students, in conjunction with the South Carolina Highway Transportation Department
- Social Media safety awareness
Students are encouraged to stand up and speak out to prevent bullying, cyber-harassment, hateful speech, troublesome behavior, eating disorders, self-harm, and more. If you have any information to report pertaining to campus security and/or student safety, you can report anonymously using the Anonymous Alerts app or through hhca.org.
Click the link below to use HHCA's Anonymous Reporting App:
Raptor Visitor Management System
HHCA has a closed-campus policy Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM. All campus gates are closed at 8:00 AM and campus access during the school day is only granted through the main gate on Bluffton Parkway.
ALL visitors (parents, volunteers, contractors, etc.) must then report to the front desk and sign in through the Raptor Management System. The Raptor system enables us to screen campus visitors upon arrival and track visitors on campus at any given time.
Upon entering the school lobby, ALL visitors must present a government-issued ID, such as a driver's license, which will be scanned into the Raptor system for a high-level background check. Visitors who pass the background check will receive a printed ID badge that must be worn while on campus. Before leaving campus, visitors will be required to sign out through the Raptor system, as well.
As a retired police detective with 30 years of sports arena and concert venue security management, as well as private security experience, I have seen firsthand the value of excellent training paired with strong community partnerships. They both play a crucial role in helping us maintain a safe campus environment for students every day.
Steve Bryant, Director of Security
More About Steve Bryant
Steve is retired from the Lexington Metro Police Department in Lexington, KY. He spent the last 13 years of his career assigned to the Crime Scene Unit as a Forensic Detective. Prior to that assignment, he spent time in a Special Assignment Squad, Bureau of Investigation Narcotics Unit, and as a Patrol Field Training Officer. His career also includes over 30 years of concert venue, sports arena and civic center security and management.
Steve graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a member of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). He also serves as an active member of the Security Directors of South Carolina (SDSC).