Parents entrust schools not only with their child’s intellectual development and social growth, but also with their child’s safety and well‐being during the school day. Safeguarding the members of our school communities—our students and staff members—is of the utmost importance to us. To that end, we have established protocols and procedures for the prevention of and response to emergency situations.
- Safety Committee
- Safety & Security Audit
- Annual Drills
- School Leader Training
- Emergency Communication
- School Resource Officer
- Social-Emotional Support
A Safety Committee, comprised of administrators, buildings and grounds staff members and external partners, meets regularly to discuss ongoing efforts toward continuous improvement in our prevention, preparedness and preparation for emergency situations. The vision for the committee is to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors.
In October 2016, the school district retained the services of Safe Havens International, a campus safety consultant firm, to conduct an audit of district security protocol and procedures. The comprehensive report from the audit noted the successes achieved in the areas of security, climate and culture, and also included recommendations where opportunities for improvement existed. The Safety Committee refers to this comprehensive audit in its efforts toward continuous improvement.
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.
As a school district, we benefit from the Mequon Police Department’s assignment of a full-time school resource officer. 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, and 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.
Social-emotional and counseling services can help identify students 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.