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Emergency Procedures

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority

We want our schools to be safe and welcoming learning environments that nurture the cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of all students, staff and families. We believe that the safest schools are those that foster a climate of support and respect and that instill a sense of community. Building security, incident response and threat assessments are vital components as well.  

District and School Safety Plans 

Wisconsin Act 143 requires that school districts develop and keep up to date a districtwide safety plan as well as an individualized safety plan for each school building and facility that is regularly occupied by students.  Updated plans are shared with Board of Education, Madison Police Department, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Office of School Safety. 

Learn about our safety assessments, safety plans and other Act 143 requirements


Standard Response Protocol

Our emergency procedures incorporate the Standard Response Protocol in line with guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety and national recommendations on school safety. The Standard Response Protocol offers clarity and consistency in terminology among schools and first responders across the country. Each school year, students receive developmentally appropriate instruction on what to do in each of these scenarios through lesson plans, slide presentations, class discussions, videos, and more.

Learn more about our Standard Response Protocol


Director of School Safety and Security

The Director of School Safety and Security is responsible for managing the district's security programs and for providing direct support to school principals. The Director works with a District Safety and Security Team and is responsible for the implementation and district compliance of Act 143 and the MMSD district safety plan. The Director works with the District Critical Response Team to support schools and to ensure their needs are met during a critical event.

Learn more about these roles.

District Safety Plan
Safety Poster

Family Resources

You play a key role in school safety. Find resources for being prepared for an emergency, monitoring your child's online activity, reporting a concern, tips for talking to children about issues like bullying, social media, suicide, violence and more. 

Access family resources.