EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

MRUSD utilizes an automated emergency notification system in the event of a school closing (due to weather or an emergency), which relies on the most up-to-date information you provide. Please notify each student’s school if any contact information changes (including home/cell work phone, email, addresses, etc.). 

School Closings -
For the time of year when weather might affect the school day

The day may be affected in the following ways:

  1. School delayed two hours - in rare cases, because of changing weather conditions, schools may be closed after a two-hour delay announcement.

  2. Early Release

  3. School Day Cancelled

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The primary focus in determining
whether to alter the school day
in response to weather conditions
is student safety.

If students are able to get to school, we seldom close early due to inclement weather. The local and state road crews know when the afternoon buses depart from school, and we need to allow them an opportunity to prepare the roads.

The following factors will be considered when making a decision about the school day due to inclement weather:

Are the roads/highways safely passable?

Can pedestrians (on the way to and at school) move around safely?

Can the building exits be cleared in the event we need to evacuate?

(Being able to get into a building does not necessarily mean we can rapidly evacuate a building)

Can the buses travel safely?

While student safety is our primary concern, there will be occasions when school remains open in less than ideal weather conditions. When this happens, we have particular concern for the welfare of our teenage drivers. We know that icy and snow-covered roads are a challenge for any driver. Please be very deliberate before allowing a young driver to leave for school in inclement weather.

When school is in session, if you feel that road conditions are unsafe to send your child to school, you always have the freedom to keep your child home for the day.

When there is a change in the school day, an automated message will be delivered via email and/or telephone through the District's emergency notification system. Information is also posted on local television channels WPTZ and WCAX.

During a school emergency, we ask parents/guardians to -

  • Monitor your telephone and email: We will utilize an automated notification system to inform you of the emergency and provide guidance.

  • Go online and turn on your radio or television: Check our website (www.ewsd.org) often for updates. We will keep the media informed of any emergency as well. 

  • Please do not call the school: We have limited phone lines and they must be used to respond to the emergency.

  • Please do not come to the school unless requested to pick up your student: Any emergency may require emergency vehicles, workers, and/or law enforcement to have access to/from the building. During such a time, parents/guardians will be restricted from accessing school grounds. If the emergency necessitates relocation of staff and students, parents/guardians will be informed via a phone call, social media, and the website. Parent/guardian identification may be required to dismiss a student. To dismiss a student to any adult other than the parent/guardian will require written permission from the student’s parent/guardian.

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School Safety Drills -

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School safety drills are conducted monthly during the school year. The various procedures for these drills will be reviewed by teachers and students. There are Crisis Response Plans posted in each of the schools. When a drill is announced, all students are required to follow planned procedures in an orderly fashion. Students must stay with their class (or assigned group) so teachers can check attendance.