Emergency & Safety Procedures
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.
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."
District Safety Information
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.
More Safety Resources
Links to other resources that provide helpful information on dealing with emergencies:
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the News: kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/news.html
- Children and Terrorism: When War is in the News www.ces.purdue.edu/terrorism/index.html
- American Red Cross - Helping Children Cope with Disaster
- KidsPeace - Children & War: What Parents Should Say to Kids - and look for www.kidspeace.org/war.htm
SEABROOK EVACUATION FOR SAU 16 SCHOOLS
(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.