Safety and Emergency Services


Welcome to the Safety and Emergency Services department of Spartanburg District Five schools. We prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and visitors above all else. With a comprehensive approach to safety and emergency preparedness, we are committed to creating a secure learning environment for everyone in our district.

Our district employs highly trained safety and security personnel along with school resource officers who are dedicated to maintaining a safe and supportive atmosphere in all our schools. They work closely with our administrators, staff, and local law enforcement agencies to ensure that safety protocols and procedures are consistently followed and updated as needed.

We have developed robust prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery plans to effectively handle a range of emergency situations. These plans are regularly reviewed and refined to align with best practices and evolving safety standards. In collaboration with local authorities, we conduct drills and exercises throughout the school year to practice and evaluate our emergency procedures, ensuring that everyone is prepared in the event of a crisis.

In addition to emergency preparedness, we place a strong emphasis on proactive safety measures. Our schools are equipped with state-of-the-art security technology, including surveillance cameras, secure access systems, and intrusion alarms, to deter and detect potential threats. Regular safety audits are conducted to identify areas of improvement and implement necessary enhancements to our facilities.

At Spartanburg District Five, we firmly believe that a safe learning environment is essential for academic success. We strive to foster a culture of safety awareness and encourage the active participation of our students, staff, and community members in maintaining a secure environment. 

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is a shared responsibility, and we appreciate the ongoing support and cooperation of our entire school community. Together, we will continue to prioritize safety, implement best practices, and adapt to emerging challenges, ensuring that Spartanburg District Five schools remain a safe haven for learning and growth.

Please explore the resources and information on this page to learn more about our commitment to safety and emergency preparedness. If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to our Safety and Emergency Services Department.

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Ryan Cothran

Director of Safety and Emergency Services

(864) 949-2350