Safety Protocol Terminology Reminder

Back in August, we posted information about our new safety protocol that we were using in Burlington Public Schools.  We are fortunate that we have not had to use any of these protocols up until yesterday when we had a lockout in all of our schools.  Due to the fact that there were a few questions, we thought we would share the terminology of our standard safety protocol again.


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Burlington Schools Briefly Placed on Lockout Following Threats

BURLINGTON — Chief Michael Kent reports that Burlington schools were briefly placed in lockout mode following a report that a woman who made threats to harm people was in town from out of state.

At approximately 1:20 p.m., Burlington Police received a report from the Merrimack New Hampshire Police Department that a woman had made threats over social media to harm people with a firearm.

The Merrimack Police Department informed Burlington that a trace of the woman’s cell phone indicated that she was in Burlington.

Out of an abundance of caution, the schools were placed on lockout mode, meaning no one could go in or out of the building.

Parents were alerted to the matter through ConnectED, however, classes continued as normal and there was no disruption to class.

Lockout mode was lifted at 1:55 p.m., after Burlington Police were notified by Merrimack Police that a second ping of the cell phone indicated that the woman was never in Burlington and was actually in a North Shore community.

Subsequent traces of the woman’s cell phone indicated that she was in Manchester by the Sea, and then the Peabody area.

Chief Kent states that there is no danger to the Burlington community.

Additional media inquiries should be directed to the Manchester by the Sea Police Department, which is coordinating the search.


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A Great Day for our Special Olympians

Our Burlington Public Schools Special Olympians competed yesterday with the Special Olympians from Wilmington Public Schools.   Congratulations to all of our Special Olympians on their successful performances yesterday!  Please check out the videos and pictures below from this great day.

This event was made possible thanks to the exceptional efforts of our special teachers and our Director of Special Education Louise D’Amato.

The students at Pine Glen gave their fellow Pine Glenners a great send off! 

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Dr. Owens Complete Presentation – The Case for Delayed School Start Times

The entire presentation by Dr. Judith Owens, Director of The Center for Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital, that was made on April 6 at BHS has been made available thanks to Burlington Cable Access Television. You can view it below.

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From the BPS School Start Times Blog – Pediatric Sleep Expert Talks Later High School Start Times

This report is courtesy of BCAT TV Dr. Judith Owens, Director of The Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, was at Burlington High to discuss teenage sleep cycles and the benefit of later school start times. The school district is considering pushing […]

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