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School Emergency Response Plan Being Reviewed After Newtown Shooting

For more than a decade the Stoneham Public Schools have had a district-wide emergency response plan in place, said Superintendent Les Olson in response to the recent Newtown, Conn. shooting.

For more than a decade the Stoneham Public Schools have had a district-wide emergency response plan in place, said Superintendent Les Olson in response to the recent Newtown, Conn. shooting.

"Security and emergency procedures are reviewed annually with school administrators and local Fire and Police Departments, and they are again being reviewed in light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut," Olson said in an email to Stoneham Patch. "The plan covers both district-wide procedures and specific building-level responses. In the event of an emergency, the district or school cooperates with the appropriate public safety responders, whether they be our local fire and police departments or regional/state authorities.

"In such an event, the appropriate on-site public safety incident commander assumes control of the response and we follow (their) direction for the duration of the event."

Olson also noted that "the district maintains emergency procedures to contact parents both by phone and email as appropriate." A Reverse 911 system is currently in place to notify residents about emergencies within the district.

The superintendent discusses how some plans for individual schools within the district have recently needed to be adjusted. 

"The Central Elementary School and the Stoneham Middle School remain separate facilities with separate plans, which have been modified due to the current construction," he said, referring to the estimated $40 million Middle School project. "A plan for the new facility will be written before the Stoneham Central-Middle School opens in 2014."

Celia Jones December 27, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Interesting that Dr. Olson is responding to the Stoneham schools security issue NOW rather than back in October 2012 when a South Elementary School teacher held the door wide open for a criminal to enter. South School has a secured front entrance however since the teacher held her classroom door open and allowed the criminal to enter the building the secured front entrance is useless. Fortunatelly the criminal did not hurt the students however he did steal money, credit cards and more from staff members. About time you woke up Dr. Olson and did your job. Now you need to man up and apologize for your comment that Orloff, the former Director of Student Services accused of soliciting sex online with a 15 year old actually DID have direct contact with MANY students. Your statement to the media that he had no direct contact with students is dishonest and absurd! Shame on you for protecting Orloff rather than the students of Stoneham public schools!
Tom M December 28, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Why are the residents of Stoneham waiting until now to find out about these incidents? Were these sexual abuse alegations or criminal activities published? I hope they were not kept a secret.
Tara December 28, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I think they should hire Vets as maintenance / ground keepers. It’s a win- win they will be there to make the schools look good and also can protect our children.
Celia Jones December 30, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Tom, the local paper did carry the report of the criminal stealing from employees at the South Elementary School. No comment from Olson nor anyone on how the individual entered freely into the building, that was kept hush hush. Nor was the employee reprimanded for this action. The local paper also reported the first sexual allegation against Orloff however has not yet mentioned the additional two charges against him since more items had been recovered from Orloff's computer. The Framingham paper did cover it since this is where Orloff resides. What I would like to know is whether the authorities located these items on his work or personal computer. Still no word from Olson as he continues to protect Orloff rather than the students of the town of Stoneham! Amazing to me that the parents in this town do not demand explanations from Olson on this!!

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