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The safety and security of all students and staff at Newbury Elementary School is one of our most important priorities. Families trust schools to keep children safe during each and every school day as well as during all school sponsored events. Communities expect schools to be safe havens for children to learn and school employees to work. School buildings are key centers in each community: on any given school day in our country, over twenty percent of the United States population is attending a public or private school as a student or an employee. Children of all ages rely on and look to adults for protection from harm. Teachers and school staff must know what to do during an emergency to protect children so they can be safety returned to their families. Every school in our country is receiving information, guidance and resources on being prepared – in advance – for the possibility of a variety of potential school emergencies.

You should be reassured to know our School Safety Committee has been working diligently for the past five years to make our school as safe and secure as possible. Keeping your child and your school safe and secure is a total team effort with active, ongoing participation from each and every member of our School Safety Committee. Our goal is to ensure each and every child at Newbury Elementary School can learn in a school environment that is safe and secure. We hope the following information will help you understand our serious commitment to the Newbury Elementary School safety and security programs.

What are some examples of school emergencies?

Emergencies are unexpected, unpredictable and can take many forms. Emergencies can vary in severity and whether they directly or indirectly impact students and their schools. Emergencies can happen before, during or after school and either on or off campus. There are many examples of emergencies which are a serious concern for a school. Here are some examples of community emergencies which can have a major impact on our school: Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and severe thunderstorms can strike a community with little or no advanced warning. Other emergencies, such as a chemical or hazardous material release in an adjoining community, may pose a threat to our school and may continue to escalate over the course of several hours or days. Medical emergencies involving students or school staff can have a tremendous impact on the entire school community. Catastrophic events including acts of terror or war, bomb threats and school shootings are extremely traumatic events for all children. The impact of media reporting for these catastrophic events on children’s understanding is profound. As communities across our country work to increase safety and security, we need to remember the needs of children to feel safe, secure and protected by their families, school staff and other adults in their lives.

Emergency response plans need to address a range of events and hazards created by nature and/or people. Each of us who works at Newbury Elementary School and in the Town of Newbury Police, Fire and Emergency Management Departments needs to prepare for the possibility of an emergency well in advance of an actual emergency.

What has Newbury Elementary School done to increase safety and security for students, employees and school visitors?

Five years ago, our school began meeting regularly with members of the Town of Newbury Police, Fire and Emergency Management staff. We developed “emergency response plans” to help us determine in advance how to manage emergencies. Under the leadership of Police Chief/Emergency Management Director Roger Merry and Byfield Fire Chief Bill Pearson, a Newbury Elementary School “School Safety Committee” was formed. The goal of this committee was to strengthen school safety and security on the entire Newbury Elementary School campus. This committee has met regularly to determine how a core team of Newbury Elementary School staff will work with police, fire and emergency management personnel to manage and respond to a variety of school emergencies. Based on the work of this committee, we have developed a coordinated emergency response plan that is built on the Incident Command System (ICS), a nationally recognized organizational structure utilized by law enforcement, fire and emergency response personnel. The ICS has been adopted by our School Safety Committee as a team approach for how we will work with our police department, fire department, emergency management director, town utility providers and additional emergency response personnel to effectively respond to and manage a school emergency. A core group of Newbury Elementary School staff have received extensive training on how to respond to a variety of emergencies.

Members of the Newbury Elementary School “School Safety Committee” have continued to meet monthly. We have implemented many new safety and security procedures at our school:

Members of our School Safety Committee have participated in comprehensive school emergency management training programs led by national school safety experts from the U.S. Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other nationally recognized consultants, We have developed and trained all of our school staff on a “Safety Procedures for School Employees” (a printed reference packet of materials for what school staff should do during an emergency), Our School Safety Committee has practiced tabletop exercises and implemented “mock drills” involving staff and students based on realistic scenarios, Our school district has expanded our communication network capabilities throughout our school campus and within our regional school district to increase inter-operability to rapidly respond to a school emergency. Access Control – All after school and evening use of our school building is coordinated through a building use process. Unless there is a specific prescheduled program, our school building is locked during evening and weekend hours to prevent any unauthorized access. Building Access – Our Main Entrances are monitored during school hours. All other outside perimeter doors are kept locked during school hours to prevent unauthorized entry into our school building. Outside perimeter doors are regularly checked throughout the school day and after hours to make sure they are not left open. Identification Badges – All Newbury Elementary School staff have employee identification badges. In addition, school volunteers, substitute teachers and contract service providers are issued visitor badges. All visitors are directed to the main entrance where they sign in and receive their badge. School staff have been instructed to report anyone in the school building who does not follow these procedures. Staff Training – All staff have participated in School Safety Procedures training. All newly hired school employees are required to participate in this training. Additional training on safety procedures has been provided to members of the School Safety Committee, all teaching staff, custodial staff and cafeteria staff.

Helpful Links

Massachusetts DOE Health, Safety and Student Support Services

United States DOE Emergency Planning

United States Dept. of Homeland Security

Safety Contacts

  • NES Principal: Beth Yando
    Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover Street, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-465-5353     Fax: 978-463-3070     Email: [email protected]
  • NES Assistant Principal: Daniel Jewett
    Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover Street, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-465-5353     Fax: 978-463-3070     Email: [email protected]
  • Newbury Police Chief: Chief Michael Reilly
  • Newbury Police Department, 25 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-462-4440     Email: [email protected]
  • Newbury Fire Chief: Chief William Pearson
    Newbury Fire Department – Protection 2, 3 Morgan Avenue, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-462-2282     Email: [email protected]
  • Newbury Fire Deputy Chief: Deputy Chief Wallace Ziehler
    Newbury Fire Department – Protection 2, 3 Morgan Avenue, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-462-2282
  • Byfield Fire Deputy Chief: Deputy Chief Doug Janvrin, Sr.
    Byfield Fire Department, 44 Central Street, Byfield, MA 01922
    Phone: 978-465-7271
  • NES Nurse: Tara O’Keefe
    Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover Street, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-465-5353     Fax: 978-463-3070    Email: [email protected]
  • School Adjustment Counselor: Kathleen DeStadler
    Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover Street, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-465-5353     Email: [email protected]
  • Head Custodian: Michael Soucy
    Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover Street, Newbury, MA 01951
    Phone: 978-465-5353    Email: [email protected]