Mequon-Thiensville School District

School Safety

Safeguarding our students and staff members is a top priority for our school. To that end, we have established protocols and procedures for the prevention of and response to emergency situations.

Prevention & Preparedness

Control & Manage Building Access

Our campuses restrict access to and document all guests and visitors within our schools to ensure that only those with legitimate business are granted access. We control access through several measures, including:

  • Use of a visitor management system (Raptor)
  • Designation of a single point of entry at buildings for visitors during the school day
  • Double door locked egress entrances
  • Fortified entryways at all schools
  • FOB access for all external doors and select internal doors
  • Alarm system on select doors
  • Safety bollards at key locations

Technological and Physical Resources

  • Compartmentalized security doors
  • Video surveillance on all campuses
  • Easy locking classroom doors
  • Emergency evacuation signage within buildings to identify exits
  • Upgraded fire alarm system
  • Districtwide lockdown activation system
  • AED accessibility

Processes and Procedures

  • External audits conducted of district safety and security processes
  • National background checks conducted for criminal history and sex offender registry for all employees and volunteers
  • Emergency transportation plans in place
  • Local law enforcement real-time access to camera footage
  • Emergency drills regularly conducted including: fire drills, lockdown, and tornado
  • Wisconsin Circuit Court Access alerts for all employees and volunteers
  • Communication infrastructure for alerting staff, parents, and administrators via email, SMS (text), phone
  • Public Address system for alerting staff and students

Professional Development & Training

  • All-hazards training for all employees implemented by a SafePlans, experts in safety and security training
  • District Safety Committee meets regularly to review progress (includes internal and external stakeholders)
  • FBI Active Shooter training completed with Mequon Police Department
  • Dedicated school resource officer through Mequon Police Department
  • Designated staff trained in first aid, AED, and CPR annually

School Resource Officer

The Mequon Police Department assigns a full-time school resource officer to support the Mequon-Thiensville School District. The officer helps prepare our schools to handle crises by

  • informing crisis planning and management systems
  • developing and coordinating emergency response plans
  • creating protocols for handling specific emergencies
  • assisting in the facilitation of emergency response exercises

In addition, the officer not only protects our schools, he or she also works to build positive connections with students.

Annual Drills

Responses in emergencies are a critical part of the district’s safety efforts. Regular practice for staff and students helps ensure that best practices are followed automatically in the case of an actual emergency.

All MTSD schools annually practice monthly fire drills and one tornado drill, per state law. Our schools also practice one lockdown drill each year.

Safety Reporting Form

This reporting form was created to provide another tool for our awareness of factors that impact our safe, secure, and respectful learning environments. The safety reporting form link may also be found in the footer of each page of the website or at Concerns can be submitted anonymously. Any community member can use this form to report specific concerns about the following:

  • bullying
  • harassment
  • mental health concerns
  • safety or security

Safety Reporting Form

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Resources

Social, emotional, and counseling services can help identify individuals at risk and provide help to those who might be on their way toward causing harm to themselves or others. The district’s social emotional coaches, guidance counselors, and psychologists play different roles in supporting young people in our schools, including conducting student risk assessments.