Murray City School District has actively invested in school safety initiatives for many years. This includes assessment and response training, technology, and relationships with Murray City’s first responders. Here’s an overview of how we have worked to protect our students, educators, and guests.
Emergency Response Protocols
District administrators and personnel have been trained and are provided ongoing training for a myriad of emergency scenarios. MCSD follows Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines (CSTAG), which were developed by a professor at the University of Virginia and have since been adopted by schools and districts across the country (including Utah).
MCSD also partners closely with Murray City Police Department (MCPD), and in-school-resource offices, provide an active security presence at several of our schools and for requested special events. MCPD and other medical and fire first responders are an important part of our safety coordination and protocol plans.
All 11 schools and the District Office have installed a relevant number of cameras that are monitored throughout the day. They are also recording devices with the ability to playback from previous dates. In total, the District operates more than 400 cameras across its campuses and district office.
Using recent Esser1 Grant funding, Murray invested in front door facing camera and bell systems that notify front office administrators whenever someone requests access to the school building. All buildings are kept locked, except for the District Office. These systems allow administrators to speak with visitors prior to their admittance or permission to enter.
Emergency Buttons and Communications
Several schools have emergency buttons installed in classrooms that notify administrators, and teachers are equipped with wearable microphones that provide for rapid communication in the event of an emergency.
FirstNet Cellular Service
All administrators are equipped with FirstNet cellular service which prioritizes their use of those services over standard users in the event of an emergency.