McAuliffe Emergency Preparedness

McAuliffe International Middle School is committed to the safety of our students and faculty.  Student safety  is paramount to overall student achievement and well-being. This document explains our emergency procedures for students and families.


Situational Awareness is the ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information that surrounds you.  Things to take notice of as you monitor your surroundings are:

While some of these activities may be innocent for most, please inform a member of the administration or culture team so that they can follow up on the incident.  Remember, situational awareness is everyone’s responsibility.

Access Control – First line to ensure safety of students, staff and visitors. All exterior doors remain secured during school hours. 

The main entrance is the single point of entry for all visitors.  When a visitor enters the building they must go directly to the main office to check in.  All non-DPS employees must get a visitor badge through the Raptor Visitor Management System.  No guest will be allowed in the building without the visitor badge.


MIS will practice and prepare for situations requiring emergency response. 

Emergency Drills and Procedures will be scheduled and documented according to DPS Department of Climate and Safety policies.  Evacuation drills will be conducted monthly through the year and Lockdown drills will be conducted twice a year, at the beginning of each semester.  

All teacher workspaces, classrooms and office spaces have an evacuation map and “In An Emergency” poster posted in each space near the doors.   

Standard Response Protocols

Hold: is used to prevent foot traffic in an area. Although there is no life safety threat, remain in your area until the all clear has been given.  A Hold may be called if there is a medical emergency or behavior incident where privacy is required.

Secure perimeter is called for when there’s an incident in the vicinity of a school. Students who are outside for class will be brought into the building.

Lockdown is called for when there is an imminent threat to the school. When a lockdown is called, it is imperative that students, faculty and visitors follow the instructions. During a lockdown, the only people who will be able to enter your building are the first responders.  

An Evacuation: A fire alarm is the most common cause of an Evacuation. There are other building and weather-related hazards that might lead to an evacuation, such as a pipe burst or a tree falling. If the building is being evacuated due to fire, an alarm will sound and strobe lights are visible. If you are evacuated for any other reason, instructions will be given by the incident commander. Be sure you familiarize yourself with the evacuation map for your area.

Take Shelter when there is an imminent threat of severe weather that may cause injury to students and faculty or damage structures.  


The building Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been designated to coordinate McAuliffe’s handling of an emergency.  The Emergency Response Team includes:

Reunification (Full Campus Evacuation)

In the event of a full campus evacuation and reunification, students will be moved to Hallett Elementary (2950 Jasmine St, Denver, CO 80207).  There are multiple reasons a building cannot be reoccupied such as HVAC contamination, natural disasters, fires, criminal activity, and more.  

DPS Department of Safety will determine the level of evacuation required at the school site.  DPS Emergency Management will take the lead in coordination with the Incident Commander and any resources needed will be delegated by the Department of Safety.  Multiple DPS departments and other agencies will be there to assist.  Reunification is not a quick process.  A properly executed reunification can take hours to complete.  However, the goal is to ensure that everybody is reunited with a trusted person. 

During a reunification, the district will use multiple means of communicating the evolving situation.  The best place for parents to receive these critical updates is through our district’s social media outlets.

Standard Communication Protocol

In the event of an emergency, communication will come from the McAuliffe Principal, DPS communications and/or Colleen O’Brien the executive director of NDIZ.  Please note that DPS or DPD protocol may dictate how much information and when information may be released to families.