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The Essentials

Ensuring the Physical Safety of Our Schools
Ensuring the physical safety of our schools is extremely important, and the Everett Public Schools utilizes a variety of best practices to provide a safe physical environment in our schools: 

Secured Entries - At our schools, visitors must check in at the main office, being buzzed into a single-entry point during the school day. Please bring a government-issued identification into the building for a visitor check-in.

Visitor Check and Badges - Main office staff request that visitors provide identification and have a specific reason for their visit. Prior to admission to school, visitors must sign in and put on a visitor sticker. 

Maps and Directions - In each of our classrooms, directions for evacuation routes are displayed graphically near the doorways. 

Video Camera Monitoring - Each of our schools come equipped with state-of-the-art exterior and interior video surveillance systems, to cover all public spaces. EPS does not incorporate monitoring inside of our classrooms, restrooms, offices or other private spaces. 

Identification Badges - At all schools, all our staff wear EPS identification badges. As well as all staff, students at the high school wear identification badges with a colored lanyard that corresponds to their grade level. 

Office "Panic" Buttons - In all our schools, there are panic buttons in the main office that can be activated and trigger a "silent" alarm which dispatches law enforcement to the school location. In our high school, we have panic buttons in all the Guidance offices as well. 

Mass Text and Phone Notifications - EPS utilizes a system to provide both mass text and mass phone call notifications to our families and staff. 

Locked Exterior Doors - Once students have arrived for the day, all exterior doors are locked and remain locked throughout the school day. 

Locked Interior Doors - Interior doors remain locked at all times. 

Security Staffing at Everett High School - At our high school, there are three Security guards on duty during the school day. Two of the Security guards conduct access control to the school building, as well as other security functions. One of the Security guards is designated to monitor live cameras of both the exterior and interior of the school and the emergency exit door alarms. Security’s purpose is to help school administration maintain a safe environment by monitoring student movement and behavior, performing access control to the school, as well as monitoring video camera systems and other safety related tasks. 

Access Control System -
Over the last year, EPS has installed card readers at all school entrances, where EPS staff can use their identification badge to gain entry  to their designated school building. These electronic identification badges are closely monitored through our management system and can be accessed to determine who  and when our buildings have been accessed. 
Emergency Exit Door Alarms - Emergency exit doors at most of the schools in the district have been equipped with audible alarms to notify school staff whenever these doors are accessed throughout the school day.  As well as making an audible alarm when the door is opened, school administration also receive an email with a picture of who accessed the door.  This is designed to assist with monitoring access into and out of the school buildings, to ensure the safety of all students and staff members within the school buildings.
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Director of Safety & Security
Lauren O'Connor
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Security Manager
Nadina Braxton
Nadina Braxton became the Security Manager for the district of Everett Public Schools this August. She previously worked as part of the opening team for Encore Boston Harbor as the Supervisor of the Security Control Center. She possesses 6 years of experience in security and emergency management where she specialized in communication, decision making, planning and implementing security strategies such as preventative measures, supervising, recruiting and training personnel. 

Nadina acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bay State College, where she graduated with honors in a specialization of Domestic and International Security. She holds current certificates in Trained Crowd Manager, Adult and Infant First AID/CPR/AED, National Incident Management System and Incident Command System from FEMA.