Dear Parents and Residents of RSU No.18:
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.
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
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.
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
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