Talking with Children about Violence
We encourage families to conduct mental and emotional check-ins with their children on a regular basis. It is important to allow children to learn and process information in an age-appropriate manner. It is also important to take measures in preventing any media messages or measures intended to prevent and prepare students from feeding fears. An excellent resource for parents on how to talk to your children about the recent school violence is available from the American Psychological Association.
Prevention and Preparedness
Student and staff safety is our highest priority. We have protocols and procedures in place for the prevention of and response to emergency situations.
- Control & Manage Building Access
- Technological and Physical Resources
- Processes and Procedures
- Professional Development & Training
- School Resource Officer
- Annual Drills
- Safety Reporting Form
- Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Resources
Everyone has a responsibility to keep our schools safe. We encourage anyone who hears or sees something to report that information to school administrators, our school resource officer, the police department, or to use the School District of Fort Atkinson mobile app anonymous tip line.
- Administrative Hold
- Lockdown - used to secure the building in the event of a non-emergency situation inside the building, or an incident is taking place outside the building such as a robbery at a local business near the school.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
It is very important that you ensure that your child’s emergency contact information is accurate in PowerSchool. This information may be updated by a child's parent or guardian at any time in PowerSchool. How to update my emergency contact preferences.
Ensure that your child’s health information is accurate and updated as needed. Please contact your school office for assistance in updating health records.
In Case of School Emergency
- Do not call or rush to your child’s school. Telephone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts. Emergency personnel needs clear access to buildings.
- Do not call your child. Staff and students are discouraged from using mobile phone communication for safety reasons.
- Do not call 911 for information.
- Rely on official communication from the school or public safety officials. Visit the SDFA website for the most updated information.
- Impacted families should watch for official reunification details if reunification is required.
How We Communicate in an Emergency
We are committed to keeping our school community informed of critically important matters. We work intentionally to send messages that provide clear and accurate information to our staff and families. Our goal is to provide information in a timely manner, ensuring that the information that we release is accurate.
We use multiple methods of communication. If an emergency situation should occur in any of our schools, families are encouraged to:
- Monitor email, text messages, voicemail
- Visit the district website for updates
- Visit the district’s Facebook page
Important to note: While we recognize that families may want detailed information regarding some situations, it is important to note that, according to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, schools are not allowed to share out with their school community-specific details of an incident if it includes any personally identifiable information about a student or information that a reasonable person in the community can use to identify a specific student.
How You Can Help
If you learn of a situation at school through student text messages/phone calls or media reports, please check the District/school website for information regarding the situation. The District does not post any information until it has been fact-checked and verified.
Be aware that all media reports/tweets and other social media posts are not always fact-checked before being published.
Please check the District/school website and/or social sites for information instead of calling the school. It is important that phone lines remain available for school personnel to stay in contact with law enforcement, first responders and the District’s response team.
Remain close to your sources of communication, whether phone or email, to ensure you are receiving accurate and timely updates from the District.
Please do not drive to school as this will only increase safety concerns for yourself and disrupt our safety protocols for students. In addition, if the building is in “secure mode,” parents will not be able to enter the building and students will not be allowed to leave.
Following an Emergency
- Listen to and acknowledge your child’s concerns.
- Provide reassurance that your child is safe.
- Seek help from school personnel or a mental health professional if needed.