Clery Act Disclosure and Security Policy
The English Center (TEC) is under the auspices of the School Board of Miami-Dade County Florida and must adhere to Federal, State and School Board Policies and Procedures governing the security and safety of students, employees and visitors on school grounds. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act is a federal statute requiring post-secondary institutions, colleges, and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information.
TEC must make this report available to the campus community, including current and prospective students, faculty and staff. In addition, the school must annually submit to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) its campus crime statistics, which is compiled using the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Handbook and Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines. These statistics are made available to the public at http://ope.ed.gov/security/.
The crime statistics for TEC are maintained and provided by the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD) which has jurisdiction for all of the district’s public schools. The M-DSPD works closely with the Miami-Dade Police Department and other municipal police departments to respond to school incidents and emergencies as part of City Compacts and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with the numerous municipalities in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
The M-DSPD provides TEC the crime statistics required to complete the Annual Security Report (ASR) mandated by the Clery Act for the last three calendar years. The report is made available to the public, employees, faculty and staff at the school’s website. The school will notify all students, faculty, and staff of the availability of the annual report once it is finalized and submitted to the USDOE.
In addition to the police department, TEC has uniformed security officers that have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the school. Safety and Security Officers do not possess the arrest power over and above the average citizen. Criminal incidents are reported to the M-DSPD which documents these incidents via the Police Offense Incident Reports. School administrators also document incidents using the District’s Automated Incident Response System (AIRS) which archives and maintains a log of all major incidents for district schools.
During normal business hours, the school is open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests and invitees. All students and staff must wear a school-issued identification card at all times. All visitors and guests must register at the security desk located at the main office.
The Cleary Compliance is a component of the School’s Safety and Security Procedures mandated by the School Board of Miami-Dade County. These procedures can be found in the school’s catalog and accessed at school website. Additionally, all students and employees must adhere to School Board Bylaws and Policies governing Administration (Policy 1000), Instructional Staff (Policy 3000), Support Staff (Policy 4000), Students (Policy 5000), and Operations (Policy 8000) which encompasses security and safety. School Board bylaws and policies can be accessed at www.dadeschools.net.
The school adheres to School Board Policy 8400-Critical Response/Emergency Procedures. TEC develops yearly a School-Based Critical Incident Response Team Profile (S-BCIRTP). The Profile identifies school employees who are assigned roles and responsibilities should a critical incident or emergency arise.