In March 2017, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted Act 143 to encourage school districts to analyze and improve emergency procedures and protocols. As a part of Act 143, districts are required to conduct annual school safety assessments and submit school safety plans annually to the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Office of School Safety. Act 143 also requires schools to conduct school violence drills and for school districts to train all staff on Mandatory Reporting of School Violence Threats.
We completed our first assessments in November 2018 and will be assessing all schools annually in order to continually revise and strengthen our safety and security systems and structures.
The assessments gave us an opportunity to capture each school’s existing safety practices and protocols and look closely at building access, visitor procedures, security staffing, supervision of students, climate survey data, after-hours security, transportation, physical and mental health services, crisis communications, community-building techniques and more, as they relate to school safety.
Through the process we identify areas of strength and also opportunities for improvement and standardization across the district, including technology, building signage, building access and communication.
In fall 2018 we developed comprehensive written safety plans for each school and submitted these plans to the school board and to the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of School Safety.
The plans outline strategies preventing incidents from taking place, how we are prepared for them if they do occur, what our response looks like and our steps for recovering from an incident.
Read our public District Safety Plan.
Individual school safety plans supplement the district plan and contain confidential information that staff, the district and emergency responders would need in an emergency. Examples include school safety team emergency contact information, a breakdown of staff and students, bus lists, traffic safety plans, any safety hazards in the area, a map of cameras, floor plans, evacuation sites, information about surrounding neighborhoods and so on.
The plans establish a baseline and will serve as guides as we continue to evaluate and update them annually.
School Safety Drills
Emergency drills help students practice what they learn. These include nine fire drills, two tornado drills, two school safety incident drills (such as Evacuate, Hold, or Lockout), and a “school violence event” drill (Lockdown). Schools will communicate with you when these drills take place.
Mandatory Reporting of Threats
All school district employees are required to report any threat -- whether spoken, written or symbolic -- to law enforcement (this includes Educational Resource Officers) if they believe that there is a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of others.
Do you have a question about Act 143?
We encourage you to visit the DOJ's Office of School Safety website.
If you have a question specific to MMSD's safety plans, please email email@example.com.