PIONEER VALLEY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Northfield Elementary School
104 Main Street, Northfield, MA 01360  413-498-5842
PRINCIPAL  Tom King 
kingt@pioneervalley.k12.ma.us


 

 

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Our vision at Northfield Elementary School is to introduce our students to the life-long pursuit of knowledge in a caring, safe, and challenging environment responsive to children's learning abilities and needs; and encouraging students to reach their fullest potential.

 

 

 

The PVRSD will be practicing lock down drills in our school communities this fall.

All of our five schools will be practicing a lock down drill with the Franklin County Safety and Security Task Force along with local/town emergency departments.  This task force is working with schools and local officials in Franklin County in order to make our schools as safe and secure as possible for our students.  Within the last two years they have been on site making recommendations to our facilities, meeting with faculty/staff, and practicing lock down drills with all building personnel at each site.  The Franklin County Safety Task Force members include MA State Police, Franklin County Sherriff, local emergency officials in each town, and PVRSD.  The task force also meets with Franklin County Superintendents.  Drills were practiced at all five district schools with the task force and district employees last spring. 

Some of the recommendations that are visible changes or additions to each school site if not already in place are security systems at front doors, all school doors locked during the day, a sign-in procedure upon entering buildings, inside and outside doors and rooms clearly labeled, and curbs in front of schools clearly marked for emergency vehicles only.

This task force will be at NES on October 23rd to assist local and school officials in practicing a lock down drill with students while school is in session.  Students will have conversations at school about the practice drill, and that there are many possibilities for a school to go into lock down.  Those reasons could be something happening in the community that would call for a school to be told to go into lock down, an environmental spill or accident on a local road or railroad tracks, a possible intruder or escapee to identify a few.  It would be helpful for families to discuss at home that keeping everyone safe should a real emergency take place, is the reason for lock downs and practices. Moving forward, lock down drills will take place the same way as fire drills, consistent with other Franklin County Schools.

Thank you for working together for the safety of all our PVRSD school communities.

 

                               

*IMPORTANT DATES*

 

 

 

Sat. Oct. 11

PTO Fall Festival,
 2:00-5:00

 

Fri. Oct. 17

PTO Pumpkin Carving Night 5:30-7:30

 

Thurs. Oct. 23

School Comm. Meets at NES
7:30

 

Fri. Oct. 24

No School for Students

(Teacher In-Service)

 

 

Five schools make up our Pioneer Valley Regional School District: Northfield Elementary, Bernardston Elementary, Pearl Rhodes Elementary School, Warwick Community School, and Pioneer Valley Regional School. There are four schools in town: Northfield Elementary School, Pioneer Valley Regional School, Northfield Mount Hermon, and Linden Hill School. The town of Northfield, MA and the Northfield Library also have their own websites.