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
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.
Sat. Oct. 11
Fri. Oct. 17
PTO Pumpkin Carving Night 5:30-7:30
Thurs. Oct. 23
School Comm. Meets at NES
Fri. Oct. 24
No School for Students