Mequon-Thiensville School District

School Safety

Talking with Children about Violence

We encourage families to conduct mental and emotional check-ins with their children. It is important to allow children to learn and process information in an age-appropriate manner, while also preventing any media messages - or measures intended to prevent and prepare students - from feeding fears. Please contact your school's social emotional staff with questions or for access to resources.

Prevention and Preparedness

Safeguarding our students and staff members is a top priority for our school. We have protocols and procedures in place for the prevention of and response to emergency situations.

Reporting Concerns

Often, the most critical element in school safety and security is awareness. All members of a school community, including students, staff, administrators, and families, are encouraged to let us know of anything that does not look, sound, or feel right, including situations of bullying, harassment, mental health, and safety and security concerns. Receiving tips and information allows us to investigate and take steps to prevent situations from occurring.

There are different ways for students, families, and community members to report concerns, including:

  • Tell an adult (teacher, staff member, administrator).
  • Complete the safety reporting form found at Submissions can be made anonymously if desired.
  • Contact the local police department for an immediate response if something happens outside of the school day.

We take safety and security seriously. Families, please take a moment to remind your child that making a threat is never a joke. The consequences can have a lifelong impact. School actions or discipline are based upon board policy and federal/state regulations by which schools must abide.

Report a Concern

Safety Terms

Be Prepared for an Emergency

It is very important that you ensure that your child’s emergency contact information is accurate in Campus Parent (Infinite Campus). This information may be updated by a child's parent or guardian at any time in Campus Parent. Check my emergency contact preferences in Campus Parent.

Ensure that your child’s health information is accurate and updated as needed. Please contact your school office for assistance updating health records.

In Case of School Emergency

  • Do not call or rush to your child’s school. Telephone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts. Emergency personnel need clear access to buildings.
  • Do not call your child. Staff and students are discouraged from using mobile phone communication for safety reasons.
  • Do not call 911 for information.
  • Rely on official communication from the school or public safety officials. Visit the MTSD website for the most updated information.
  • Impacted families should watch for official reunification details if reunification is required.

How We Communicate in an Emergency

We are committed to keeping our school community informed of critically important matters. We work intentionally to send messages that provide clear and accurate information to our staff and families. Our goal is to provide information in a timely manner, ensuring that the information that we release is accurate.

We use multiple methods of communication. If an emergency situation should occur in any of our schools, families are encouraged to:

  • Monitor email, text messages, voicemail
  • Visit the district website for updates
  • Visit the district’s Facebook or Twitter pages

Important to note: While we recognize that families may want detailed information regarding some situations, it is important to note that, according to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, schools are not allowed to share out with their school community specific details of an incident if it includes any personally identifiable information about a student or information that a reasonable person in the community can use to identify a specific student.

Following an Emergency

  • Listen to and acknowledge your child’s concerns.
  • Provide reassurance that your child is safe.
  • Seek help from school personnel or a mental health professional if needed.