DISTRICT SAFETY

At MRUSD, the safety of our students is our top priority. Together we can make our schools stronger and safer. Students teachers, parents, school administrators, local law enforcement, and community members have a role to play in creating a safe and secure environment for everyone. We also have a dedicated team of safety professionals who are committed to creating a safe learning and working environment for our students and staff.

Here are some of the ways that the District has engaged in safety and security preparedness efforts:

  • We collaborate with local emergency planners and with our first response community on our school emergency preparedness efforts.

  • The District Safety Team also meets monthly with local emergency responders to review and evaluate our emergency procedures and stay up to date on emergency protocols from the State of Vermont.

  • The MRUSD has a strong relationship with our local law enforcement and we often work with these members to discuss potential crisis situations.

  • Our schools also routinely practice safety drills to promote awareness and response to potential emergency situations.

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Run Hide Fight - Surviving an Active Threat Infographic

Maple Run Unified School District’s (MRUSD) partnership with the St. Albans Police Department and our community’s First Responders around active threat response protocols began a few of years ago. We are training to have a more flexible approach to responding to a possible active threat at one of our schools.

Safety measures have become standard practice in schools. By implementing best practices like wearing ID badges, practicing situational awareness, and conducting threat assessments, schools have become more proactive in keeping our students and staff safe. We recognize that no single response fits every potential scenario so we emphasize options-based responses that help keep our students, staff, and community safer. 

Run, Hide, Fight will not replace any of the current safety protocols or regular drills - each of those will remain and be actively reinforced across the District and throughout the school year. What is new, is the building of greater situational awareness around responding to an active threat. 

What is an “active threat?” An “active threat” is defined as any incident which by its deliberate nature creates an immediate threat to life or presents an imminent danger. In addition to offenders armed with firearms (active shooters), it is possible for other types of weapons or instruments to be used to cause harm.

For these types of situations, the goal is to have additional options to procedures we currently have in place - Run, Hide, Fight - and to empower everyone to survive an active threat. 

This is challenging work. The difficult conversations ahead will help us in our preparations to keep our schools and community even safer. As we strengthen our safety measures to emphasize greater situational awareness in MRUSD - especially in response to the worst events we can possibly imagine - we know our students and staff will be safer and we will have collectively developed valuable life skills for our entire school community to take with them wherever they go.

MRUSD Reunification Process

In the event of an actual emergency, MRUSD has created a reunification process. Find out what to expect by watching the following video.

Classroom Presentation & Staff Guide:

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Run, Hide, Fight Informational Session: