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School Safety Site Assessments

March 5, 2018

TO: Superintendents, Principals, Independent School Headmasters, School Crisis Planning Team Members, Business Managers

FROM: Rebecca Holcombe, Ed.D., Secretary of Education

Thomas D. Anderson, Commissioner of Public Safety

COPY: Vermont Superintendents Association, Vermont Principals’ Association, Vermont School Board Insurance Trust, Vermont School Boards Association, Vermont-National Education Association, Rob Evans, Emily Harris

SUBJECT: School Safety Site Assessments

DATE: March 5, 2018

In the wake of the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida and recent threats against schools in Vermont, Governor Scott has renewed his commitment to working with all Vermont schools to ensure we have as comprehensive approach as possible to reducing the risk of violence in our communities and schools. To this end, Governor Scott has directed the Department of Public Safety to coordinate with all of Vermont’s K-12 schools in conducting school safety site assessments. Recognizing the tremendous amount of work that has been done to ensure our schools are providing a safe, open and welcoming environment, these assessments will assist the Vermont School Safety Center (VSSC) in gathering the most recent data on current school emergency preparedness planning, training, policies, security systems and school safety practices that are being used in school across Vermont.1 The data collected will assist the VSSC, our school safety partners, communities and school boards in identifying common school emergency preparedness gaps and areas to focus future planning, training, exercise, and equipment initiatives.

During the month of March, state, county or local law enforcement will be contacting the Principal or Head of School of all Vermont schools to determine an appropriate time to meet a school point of contact who can assist in completing these assessments. The school point of contact should be fully familiar with the school safety plans, trainings, exercises and equipment currently in use at the school. We anticipate that these assessments would take 30-45 minutes at each school and that all assessments will be completed by March 30, 2018.

Read the full School Safety Sites Assessment memo.