Emergency Plan Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This letter is to introduce myself to you and apprise you of several updates to North Warren’s plans to keep our staff and students safe and secure.

I started as Director of Security this past July and worked with the administrative team to ensure we have adequate security coverage to staff the building from the time the students arrive until after they’ve departed for the day. All of our school security officers are former Police Officers with at least 25 years of experience.

My former position with the N.J. Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning involved traveling to schools throughout the state to observe their security plans and procedures. After visiting over 200 schools, I’m very proud to relate to you that North Warren was one of the best performing schools that I visited to conduct an unannounced lock down drill. I will continue this devotion to school security.

We also have a Safety Committee that meets bi-monthly. The committee is comprised of local law enforcement, school administrators, staff and Emergency Responders.

In addition to the monthly fire drill required by state statute, four required security drills are conducted two times each during the school year. The drills practiced are active shooter, shelter in place, evacuation of the entire school and bomb threat. The drills are conducted to ensure the staff and students are well versed with how to respond in the event of an emergency. Please remember, in the event of an actual emergency, you should not respond to the school. I realize this is an automatic response from any parent concerned for their child’s well being, but the study of incidents that have occurred in the past has proven this creates more problems and hampers the First Responder’s efforts, which may be life saving. Our automatic call system will advise you of when and where to respond. Please keep in mind, it may be in another location.

Our School Security & Safety Plan is reviewed and updated annually and all staff members have access to a “speed guide” located within reach of any occupied area.

Updates to the school are in progress, with additional security measures being put in place as the Building & Grounds budget allows. Our Internet Technology Department is also upgrading our security camera system.

It is absolutely imperative that your emergency card at the school be kept current and accurate. Any changes should be reported immediately. It is the primary document used to locate you or persons you’ve designated to pick up your child. Your child will not be released to anyone who is not on the emergency card.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.


Joseph Beckert

Last updated on 1/25/17.