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Safety & Security

VanGorden Elementary partners with the Liberty Township Police Department for School Resource Officer (SRO) services. 

Ongoing programs for school safety include lockdown drills using lockdown drills as well as monthly fire and tornado drills. Our SRO works to build positive relationships between students and police officers. He also works closely with the school counselor for in-class guided lessons regarding day-to-day safety of our students, including situations at school, at home, and with technology.

Meet Our SRO

Deputy Mike Steele

Deputy Mike Steele who worked for the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department before retiring and joining the SRO program in 2021.

Deputy Mike enjoys talking with kids about themselves and their personal goals, and about safety, bullying, treatment of their peers. He works to visit every classroom to talk about topics that concern students and get to know them better.

Deputy Mike is usually present at morning drop-offs or afternoon pick-ups, and during the school day, he walks the hallways and serves as a lunchroom and recess monitor. He can be reached at

District Safety & Security

The safety, health, and well-being of Lakota students, staff, volunteers, and visitors is our top priority.

The purpose of this webpage is to provide parents, students, volunteers, and visitors with information on district safety programs and links to helpful resources.

Plains SRO training on exiting building

Safety Guidelines

  • Schools in Lakota conduct all safety drills required by law and by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Visitors to Lakota schools must sign in at the office and wear a visitor badge while at the school.
  • Video cameras are used to monitor activity throughout the schools.
  • Any volunteer with unsupervised access to students will be required to pass a criminal background check through our visitor management system, Raptor.
  • Bullying and hazing activities of any type are prohibited. No school district employee shall encourage, permit, authorize, condone, or tolerate any bullying or hazing activity.
  • Any chemicals brought into a school or on school grounds must have a Material Safety Data Sheet.