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Liz Parris is an RN BSN and the Health Office Coordinator / School Nurse for the Winooski School District. Liz graduated from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. She worked in Massachusetts as a medical-surgical nurse, and North Carolina and Vermont as a Recovery Room nurse prior to joining the Winooski School District as a School Nurse.

Natural disasters, terrorist threats, and infectious disease pandemics can occur anywhere at any time - therefore it is imperative that a school have a crisis plan in place to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

During the middle of an actual crisis is not the time to be figuring out who is responsible for which role. Being prepared for any given situation, at any time, can mean the difference between calmness and chaos, which ultimately means the difference between life and death.

Our school district works diligently to prevent and prepare our students and staff for a crisis. Our district has implemented a public safety committee that includes public officials as well as different department heads from within the district. We meet once a month to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to ensure safety standards are being met. We prepare our students and staff by implementing evacuation drills and clear the hall/secure the building drills once a month. We want to make sure our students and our staff knows what their roles are so when a real crisis comes upon us we will know exactly what is expected of us.

Ensuring the safety of students and staff is everyone’s responsibility and I am thankful to work for a school district that cares enough about us to have a crisis plan in place.

Page Last Updated on July 8, 2014