School Safety: For Parents & The Community

Dear Parents and Guardians,


All staff members of the Waunakee Community School District are dedicated to providing a safe environment.  A positive classroom environment where all students are valued is the first and best tool used in creating safe schools.  Following are some of the ways we promote safety throughout our school district.


All administrators have participated in specialized training on responding during emergencies. Some staff members have more specialized training in first aid, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the use of the automatic external defibrillator (AED).   All staff and students are trained and practice responses for a variety of situations.  Fire drills are practiced monthly.  Severe weather drills are practiced in the fall and spring.  Once during the year, students in grades K--8 participate in a bus evacuation drill that helps students be prepared for bus emergencies.  Students and staff practice drills throughout the year during which they “secure” themselves in classrooms to remain safe from unwelcome visitors and evacuation drills for situations such as chemical spills or other hazardous situations. 


From the first school day students begin learning personal protective practices including activities as simple as hand washing.  All students are trained throughout the elementary and intermediate school years on bike safety and how to be safe crossing streets.  This early training continues to be emphasized during the middle and high school years.  Students are also trained in age-appropriate ways about anti-bullying and “stranger danger,” including unwelcome internet contacts and threats. Students are trained in specialized safety protocols required in content areas like science, art, technical education, physical education, computer education, and family and consumer education.  During middle school, students begin training in first aid, CPR, and AED, and this education continues during high school.


Our school district works closely with the Village safety agencies including law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire department, and utilities.  We collaborate on risk assessment, emergency planning, training, and responses so that when we have an emergency, we are prepared to work together.


Although we have many safety procedures in place, a classroom where all children are welcomed and valued will always remain vitally important in promoting safety.  When staff members create meaningful and trusting relationships with students, our entire school district is a safer place.  We thank our staff members and students for promoting and practicing safety.  We appreciate everything that parents do to support our efforts to keep students, staff, and visitors safe.



Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Safe Schools
The Waunakee Community School District Works closely with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to create and maintain a safe school environment for students, staff, and visitors. The DPI safe schools website provides a wealth of relevant information for students, parents, and staff members.
Cyberbullying Research Center
Site for parent, educators and teens on how to deal with cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying & Cyberthreats
Definitions of various bullying and harassing behaviors carried out online, and how to counteract them.
Emergency Drills Practiced in Our District
PDF. Includes Evacuate, Hold, Secure, Severe Weather, and How Parents/Guardians Can Help
Emergency Readiness Information
From the Department of Homeland Security. PDF.
Ready.gov - Helping Families Prepare for Emergencies
From the Department of Homeland Security
Plan, Prepare, Stay Informed. Wisconsin is susceptible to all forms of natural and man-made disasters. A hazardous materials spill on a nearby highway could mean evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. A severe storm could cut off water, electricity or telephone service for days. And when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. ReadyWisconsin can help you prepare for emergencies. Here you will learn steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Emergency/Disaster Relief & Management
Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness
The leader in Internet safety education
I am attaching a variety of good references for you to use when you are at home, in school, or traveling.  I am also attaching our current Waunakee Board of Education policy on school closings.  The Dane County Superintendents monitor WIND CHILL WARNINGS and other weather related warnings to guide their decision making on school closings. Please watch local news for information. 


Questions and comments about this page should be directed to Joe Bellomo Facility Director/Safety Coordinator, via e-mail or at 849-2296.


Last Updated: 10/11/16
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