Emergency & Safety Procedures

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Safety Measures at SAU16

As leaders in SAU 16, school security and safety are a top priority. We consider the safety of your children and our staff when making decisions each day. Below is a list of the work we have done to support these efforts. Please know we continue to discuss ongoing security measures as part of our overall mission here in SAU 16.

Safety Measures List | Frequently Asked Questions

School Security Balance

A recommended article from the National School Boards Association:

"There have been more than 230 shootings on K-12 campuses since the April 1999 Columbine massacre. In this anxious time, infrastructure security has entered the school security conversation. ASBJ examines how schools create safe learning environments by securing their buildings and how physical upgrades fit into the larger picture of school safety."


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Alert Now

AlertNow is a new rapid communication system that was put into place in 2007 for all SAU 16 schools. AlertNowFAQ.pdf about the system.

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District Safety Information

SAU 16 Safety Program Manual (pdf)

Emergencies are unexpected, unpredictable and take many forms. SAU 16 staff are trained in emergency procedures. Each school has thorough and customized emergency procedures and contact information that is posted in each building.

ERCSD Chemical Hygiene Plan - May 2008 (pdf)

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More Safety Resources

Links to other resources that provide helpful information on dealing with emergencies:

Reception Center:

For the towns of Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Kensington, Newfields, and Stratham, the appropriate Reception Center is either Memorial High School or the adjacent Southside Middle School. Please click the map or linked text for directions.


(Reprinted from the 2002 Emergency Public Information Calendar for Neighbors of Seabrook Station)

If you Have School Children

During an emergency, precautionary actions could be taken to ensure the safety and security of school children. These actions could include school closing or precautionary evacuation of schools. They could be taken before actions were needed by the general public.

If an emergency existed before the start of the school day, schools could be closed, as they are when there is the danger of a storm.

If schools were in session, students could be evacuated early. If so, responsible school officials would take the children to the reception center assigned to their school. The reception center for each school is the same as the reception center for the community in which the school is located (see below). Parents would meet their children at the reception center. To help the evacuation effort, you are asked not to go to your children’s school(s) to pick them up. You would be kept informed by radio broadcasts of the status of the transfer of school children to reception centers. Do not try to call the school. The telephone lines would be needed for official business.