Elwood Community Schools is excited to announce the implementation of an additional security measure at all of its schools. Each year hundreds of parents, visitors, and volunteers come into Elwood’s schools to eat lunch with their child, assist in classrooms, chaperone field trips, coach, meet with teachers, and more. The students and staff think that’s awesome and want even more to visit and volunteer!
Until now, keeping track of who is visiting has been a labor intensive process that takes staff away from the students. So, the district set out to find better ways of ensuring the safety pf our students and staff. They also wanted to enhance the visitor check in process.
Upon the return from Fall break to classes on October 16, all schools will implement the new Safe Visitor measures. On the first visit, all visitors, including those already with an approved expanded background check, must enter the school office and present their valid driver license (or other government issued photo identification). The back of the license will be scanned and the information uploaded into the new system. While a national sex and violent offender check is instantly run, a picture of the visitor will be taken and stored in the system. Then, each visitor will receive a time sensitive identification badge. (After 6-8 hours, the badge expires as a red stop sign appears on the badge)
After initial registration in the system, each person who has previously completed an expanded background check will receive, in an e-mail, an “E-ID” and instructions on how to download a free app onto their smartphone to store the E-ID. Then, each time they visit, they simply scan their E-ID to receive their time sensitive badge. Those with the E-ID, also have the ability to pre-register their visit on the district website (www.elwood.k12.in.us). Then, when they arrive in the school’s office, their badge will already be printed and ready. They won’t have to show their E-ID!
Instructions on the new safety measures are available on the school district website. Information on how to obtain an expanded background check will also be on the site. One may also e-mail the district’s office of school safety (firstname.lastname@example.org) with additional questions.
In combination with a newly revised safety plan, over seventy security cameras throughout the schools, and a keyless entry system that allows all exterior doors to be controlled electronically by office personnel, this new Safe Visitor measure will further increase the safety of students and staff at Elwood’s schools while keeping the check in experience easy for parents and visitors.
Welcome to Elwood Schools!
"Empowering Our Future One Child At A Time."
Welcome to the Elwood Community Schools home page. My name is Chris Daughtry and I am the Superintendent for the Elwood Community School Corporation. Elwood is located in the heart of Indiana and has the great advantage of being within a short commute of Noblesville, Fishers, Anderson, Muncie, Marion, Kokomo and downtown Indianapolis. The Elwood Schools have approximately 1500 students in grades K – 12. We also have approximately 100 students that we serve in a wide range of pre-school classes. Elwood boasts many opportunities for students with a wide range of Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses, outstanding Music and Art departments, the Hinds Career Center for vocational preparation, and a wide array of varsity athletics and clubs for student participation.
I believe in the Elwood Schools and the Elwood community. That is what brought me here with my wife and four daughters, who attend the Elwood Schools. We wanted that small town environment for our children, but still wanted to have access to the opportunities that come with being on the doorstep of the Indianapolis community. Before coming to Elwood, I was the Superintendent of Schools at the Central Noble Community Schools in Northern Indiana. Prior to that, I was the Director of Transportation at the Tippecanoe School Corporation in Lafayette, IN. I have also served as a building principal, assistant principal and started my career as a 3rd grade teacher. I am also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.
Take a look for yourself at what Elwood has to offer. We can provide a small school/small town environment where students are known by name and not by a number. Yet, we also still provide the rich academic and extra-curricular environment that you would find in those larger schools. I would encourage you to schedule a visit any of our schools by calling our main number at (765) 552-9861.
Dr. Chris Daughtry
Indiana Hunter Education Course
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SchoolMessenger Notification Service
The Elwood Community School Corporation uses the SchoolMessenger service to send telephone, text, or email alerts of school closings, delays, and other messages to parents and staff. Original contact information is taken from the STI student database and can be adjusted by parents and staff to allow the alerts to be sent to different phone numbers or email addresses. Parents and guardians of Elwood students can create an account with SchoolMessenger’s Contact Manager. The Contact Manager account will allow parents/guardians of ECSC students to enter their telephone numbers to be called, to receive a text, and/or email addresses to receive school related alerts.
The following items are needed to create your SchoolMessenger account:
- An email address to receive an “Activation Code”
- Telephone to call in the “Activation Code”
- School supplied “ID” numbers for each child. ID found on student’s Report Card, in STI Home Access, or by contacting school office
To access existing SchoolMessenger account:
- SchoolMessenger Contact Manager
Technology Parent Meetings
Come join us for an informational meeting about the 1:1 initiative. This is a chance to learn about what is happening, get some of your questions answered, and questions we do not have answers for we will write down and post the question with an answer to an FAQ page coming soon to the district website. You do not have to attend all the meetings.
Meetings will take place in Merritt Auditorium, please enter through the Arch.
K-6th Grade Parents
August 9 10-11a.m. or 6-7p.m.
August 17 10-11a.m. or 6-7p.m.
7-12th Grade Parents
August 8 10-11a.m. or 6-7p.m.
August 16 10-11a.m. or 6-7p.m.