Safe Environment

Bishop Hartley prides itself on its strong safety standards. Whether it be student safety, the safety of our athletes, or the training of our coaches, faculty, and staff, Bishop Hartley takes great strides to continuously stay ahead of the curve in creating a safe environment for all.

Bishop Hartley has two School Safety Officers, both retired Columbus police officers. Together, they manage all safety procedures and, in partnership with experts and aligned to national best practices, make regular adjustments and additions in terms of procedures and equipment. These include:
  • Constant Level 1 Lockdown procedures with exterior doors locked and visitors only admitted through main school doors.
  • Faculty and Staff Tabletop and Scenario Training for active shooters, levels 1, 2, and 3 lockdowns, and fire/tornado drills.
  • First Aid & A.E.D. Equipment placed strategically throughout the building.
  • Classroom Safety Bags containing critical items in the event of an extended situation or lockdown.
We are at the forefront of preparation while keeping in mind that, as in all matters, we must pray for the safety of all.

List of 6 items.

  • Asbestos Management Plan Statement

    Consistent with the requirements of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act or 11AHERA11 (40CFR Part 763) the Diocese of Columbus Catholic Schools inspects for Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM) and develop an Asbestos Management Plan for each school.

    This is to: “Ensure that workers and building occupants, organizations, or parent teacher organizations, are informed at least once each school year about inspections, response actions, and post response actions activities, including periodic re-inspections and surveillance activities that are planned or are in progress.”

    “Ensure that short term workers (e.g., phone repair workers, utility repair workers, or exterminators) who may come in contact with asbestos in a school are provided information regarding the location of asbestos containing building material (ACBM) and suspected or assumed ACBM.”

    Some Diocese of Columbus school buildings contain known or suspected asbestos containing building materials and are subject to periodic surveillances every six months.

    Each of the school buildings is being re-inspected and an Asbestos Management Plan is currently being prepared. When completed they will be available for review at the school offices. This notice is provided as the annual notification required by AH ERA.
  • Background Checks

    All paid school staff must have on file both BCI and FBI background checks and must attend “Protecting God’s Children.” All volunteers must have on file a BCI background check and must attend “Protecting God’s Children” no matter how much or how little contact they have with children or youth, no matter if volunteering for the school or parish, and no matter what time of the day or night they volunteer.

    For parish and/or school volunteers, if you have lived in Ohio more than consecutive 5 years, you will only need the state level (BCI) report. If you have lived in Ohio less than 5 years, you will need both FBI and BCI reports. For botht he FBI and BCI, use code ORC 2151.86.
  • Code of Behavior for Employees and Volunteers

    • Employees and volunteers work collaboratively with the pastor and/or other supervisors and associates in ministry.
    • Employees and volunteers faithfully represent and practice the teachings of the Catholic Church with integrity in word and action.
    • Employees and volunteers are competent and receive education and training commensurate with their role(s) and responsibilities.
    • Employees and volunteers respect the diversity of spiritualities in the faith community and will not make their own personal form of spirituality normative.
    • Employees and volunteers recognize the dignity of each person and refrain from behaviors or words that are disrespectful of anyone or any group.
    • Employees and volunteers serve all people without regard to gender, creed, national origin, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, or political beliefs.
    • Employees and volunteers act to ensure all persons have access to the resources, services and opportunities they require with particular regard for persons with special needs or disabilities.
    • Employees and volunteers are accountable to the pastor or other duly appointed representative.
    • Employees and volunteers are called to serve the faith community, carrying out their ministry conscientiously, zealously, and diligently.
    • Employees and volunteers exercise responsible stewardship of resources while holding themselves to the highest standards of integrity regarding fiscal matters placed in their trust.
    • Employees and volunteers respect confidentiality.
    • Employees and volunteers adhere to civil and ecclesial law, policy and procedure concerning the reporting of neglect, suspected abuse or when physical harm could come to the person or to a third party.
    • Employees and volunteers support the rights and roles of parents while ministering to the needs and concerns of minors.
    • Employees and volunteers are aware they have considerable personal power because of their ministerial position. Therefore, they will sustain respectful ministerial relationships, avoiding manipulation and other abuses of power. Physical, sexual, or romantic relationships between an adult volunteer and a minor are unethical and are prohibited.
    • Employees and volunteers model healthy and positive behaviors with minors. Procuring, providing, or using alcohol and/or controlled substances for or with minors is unethical and is prohibited.
    • Employees and volunteers are aware of the signs of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and neglect.
    • Employees and volunteers are aware of their limitations with respect to paraprofessional counseling and make appropriate referrals.
    • Employees and volunteers are aware of and comply with all applicable parish, organizational and/or diocesan policies with special attention to sexual misconduct, safety, transportation, parental permission, and medical emergency policies.
  • Diocese of Columbus Safe Environment Manual

  • Protecting God's Children

  • Virtus Online