School Safety

08/27/15

Dear Parents and Residents of RSU No.18:

Our school district takes the safety and security of our students and staff very seriously. Events over the last few years have made us take a close look at our Crisis Action Plans in each building. The District has undertaken a substantial overhaul of all of our plans, and we want to share them with you.

Over the past two years the District has made substantial improvements to school safety. We have added cameras to all of our buildings. The exterior doors are locked to control access. We have worked with local and state law enforcement on safety drills, and with local fire departments to ensure a coordinated response in case of any emergency. Our District follows the recommendations of the Federal and State Department of Education, and the protocols of the iloveuguys foundation, a national leader in school safety plans. I encourage any parent who is interested to check out the website iloveuguys.org. These protocols have been adopted by districts as large as New York City public schools, and are in place in most local districts.

One of the focuses of our update is a new reunification plan. In the event of an emergency we understand that getting students back to their parents or guardians in a timely, orderly manner is a huge priority. The Schools needed a way to ensure that we are releasing the right student to the right party, and our reunification plan is a huge step in that direction.

There are four steps that our District uses in drills and emergencies. Lockdown, where everyone hides and is quiet due to an issue inside the building. Lockout (Shelter in Place) where the normal school day continues, but all exterior and classroom doors are locked, and the students stay inside. Evacuations, where the staff and students are relocated to an alternate site. This could be used for many things, to include a structural issue, flooding, fire, or other emergency. Fire drills, which we all remember from school ourselves. Each building practices these drills throughout the year in case they are needed.

I invite you to look through these protocols and familiarize yourself with the terms and procedures. I think you would be surprised how well your child does during these drills, and I want you to feel confident that we are doing everything we can to keep our buildings safe. If you ever have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me, or your buildings administrator and we will be happy to assist you.

Sergeant Tracey R. Frost
School Resource Officer

RSU #18 Crisis Information for Parents/Guardians