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  Information provided was made possible through funds provided by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Grant awarded to North River Collaborative from the U.S. Department of Education.

Last Updated: 12/31/2015

  How Do We Prepare to Handle Emergencies in the Hanover Public Schools?
  We are committed to the safety of our entire school community. We work every day to provide a safe environment for all students, stafgf and visitors. We have emergency Response Plans modeled from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. All schools practice emergency drills. We work closely with police, fire, and emergency personnel to prevent and plan for emergencies. Principals, teachers, and other school staff are trained to repsond to emergencies.
  Memorandum of Understanding between the Hanover Public Schools and Hanover Police Department

Statement of Purpose
The Hanover Public Schools and the Hanover Police Department agree that student violence and substance abuse are national and societal problems reaching into our community. To maximize the effectiveness of our efforts to achieve a violence-free and drug-free community, we recognize that the coordination and cooperation of the community as a whole are essential. Therefore, the Chief of Police, with the support of the Hanover Board of Selectmen, and the Superintendent of Schools with the support of the Hanover School Committee, pledge to follow the agreed-upon procedures for communicating incidents of verbal and physical assault, intimidation, bullying, threats, harassment, hate crimes, sex crimes, possession of weapons and arrests or charges filed related to the use, possession and/or distribution of drugs and alcohol.

  District's Restraint Policies and Procedures
  The district has developed and implemented staff training at least annually on the use of restraint consistent with regulatory requirements.

The district administers physical restraint on students only when needed to protect a student and/or a member of the school community from imminent, serious, physical harm. The district implements restraint procedures consistent with Department of Education regulations in order to prevent or minimize any harm to the student as a result of the use of physical restraint.

To request a copy of the district's written procedures on the use of physical restraints, please contact your child's school principal.
  Emergency Guide for Parents/Guardians
  Steps for Parents/Guardians
  1. Keep your child's Emergency Contact Card up-to-date. Notify school immediately of changes in your telephone number, email address or adult emergency cards. Your child will only be sent home with adults listed on the Emergency Contact Card. Your child will only ve sent home with adults listed on the Emergency Contact Card.

    Think of these things when choosing adults for the Emergency Contact Card.
    1. He/She is 18 years of older.
    2. He/She is usually home during the day.
    3. He/She could walk to school, if necessary.
    4. He/She knows about and is willing to take on this responsibility.
    5. Your child knows him/her well.

  2. Talk with your child about listening and following directions during an emergency. Student dismissal and evacuation procedures are explained on this page. Please review them with your child.

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  Hanover Public Schools Emergency Response Protocols
  There are several actions that the school may take during an emergency. On an annual basis, school emergency response plans are practiced at every level. Procedures are updated on a regular bases to reflect the current best practices. The following is a brief description of the responses:

Stay Put: Students will stay in their classroom until directed to leave. Only Police Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency personnel will enter or exit the school.

A Stay Put means students will stay in the school building until they are cleared to leave. Stay Put is used when evacuation or dismissal would not be appropriate.

Evacuation: Evacuation means that students and staff must leave the school building. They will move to an area outside the school or to an off-site location. When necessary, buses will move students.

Student Dismissal: Some emergencies will require that parents pick up their children. Students will only be sent home with adults who are listed on their Emergency Contact Card and have an ID.

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  Where to turn for Information During an Emergency
  • School: Wait for a call from the school. The school will call your home and emergency phone numbers. The phone call will tell you what to do and where your child will be during an emergency.
  • TV & Radio Stations: Tune to local TV and radio stations for news alerts.

Important Things to Remember During a School Emergency

  • Please do not call the school. Phone lines will be busy and are needed to help with the emergency.
  • Please do not come to the school. People and cars will get in the way of Police Officers, Firefighters, and Emergency personnel who are working to help our children.

We have developed plans to provide for the safety of all of the students in all of our schools. Your cooperation is important for these plans to work effectively.

  Knowing My 8 Rules for Safety
  Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Copyright ©1991
  1. I always check first with my parents or the person in charge before I go anywhere or get in a car, even with someone I know.
  2. I always check first with my parents or a trusted adult before I accept anything from anyone, even from someone I know.
  3. I always take a friend with me when I go places or play outside.
  4. I know my name, address, telephone number, and my parents' names.
  5. I say no if someone tries to touch me or treat me in a way that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  6. I know that I can tell my parents or a trusted adult if I feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.
  7. It's OK to say no, and I know that there will always be someone who can help me.
  8. I am strong, smart, and have the right to be safe.
  • Check First
  • Take A Friend
  • Tell Someone I Trust if Something is Wrong
  • Stay Strong, Smart, and Safe

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