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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do schools prepare for and practice responses to emergencies?

Schools prepare for and practice responses to emergency situations using drills and tabletop exercises.  All schools are required to have Safe School Plans and a School Emergency Response Team (SERT).

For additional information visit the Emergency Management website.

What do I do if something happens on my way to school?

  • If you’re a student you should immediately take whatever steps necessary to keep yourself safe.
  • If you’re in danger call out for help until someone hears you.
  • If you have a cell phone, call the police using 911.
  • If the incident involves another student alert the SRO, school staff member, or teacher when you arrive at school.

If I see someone knocking on the door, at my school, should I let them in?


Everyone visiting your school must go to the main entrance and sign-in at the front lobby. Staff members have their own key or card to let themselves in. Students are supervised and assisted by staff to accommodate access to the school.

How do I report something that I think could be bad?

If you see something, say something.

If you know of a threat someone is making to others, themselves, or to school property, you should report it.

Contact your school SRO, your principal, a teacher, or you can call the anonymous SpeakOut Hotline at 800-423-8477.

What do I do if I see something suspicious on campus or something happens at a bus stop?

If you’re a student you should immediately take whatever steps necessary to keep yourself safe. If the actions that you are witnessing are violent in nature or harmful to people you should call the police using 911

As soon as possible notify the school bus driver, school resource officer (SRO), or teacher.

Support in the Community


Suicide and Mental Health


  • IMAlive - An online crisis network where you can online chat to receive help on issues such as mental health, family difficulties, depression, suicide, crime violence, etc.
  • Crisis Text Line - Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via a medium people already use and trust: text.
    • Text HOME to 741741 in the USA.


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Call 911 if you have an emergency!

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