Planning for Emergencies

Oyster River Cooperative School District's (ORCSD) purpose when emergency planning is to establish a systematic approach to prevent, respond to, and recover from potential emergencies or disasters. It involves creating strategies, procedures, and protocols to mitigate the impact of emergencies on individuals, communities, and the school district.

ORCSD has established partnerships with all local emergency departments to develop and perform assessments of the Emergency Operations Plans. During the various drills we conduct throughout the year, local emergency departments are present to assist and assist with ensuring the safety of all students and staff.

Types of Drills

New Hampshire state law mandates ten drills throughout the school year. Six of the drills are fire drills. One is an active shooter drill. Three others will be “all-purpose” drills, which can include severe weather, reverse evacuation, earthquake, and others. We conduct an “evacuation drill” once a year, which consists of moving the students from the school to another area.

Terms and Definitions Used by ORCSD

Substance Abuse and Online Safety 

Every two years, the Oyster River Middle School and Oyster River High School participate in the Youth Behavior Risk Survey, which identifies the six types of health-related behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. The six types are:  

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence 
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection 
  • Alcohol and other drug use 
  • Tobacco use 
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors 
  • Inadequate physical activity 

ORCSD administrators review the results and make decisions to educate and further prevent students from risky behavior. Some of the educational programs utilized are presentations by Breathe New Hampshire, Parent Education with the School Resource Officer and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Britta Bartlett. Guest speakers are also invited to speak about their experiences and educate students about the dangers of substances.  

Britta Bartlett

High School Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor