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Contact Us

Dr. Deborah Hamm, Superintendent

McKinley Administrative Center
308 E. 1st Street

Newton, KS


Email: deborah.hamm@usd373.org

Phone: 316-284-6200
Fax: 316-284-6207


Safety Information for Parents

If an emergency or disaster situation ever arises while your child is in school, we want you to be aware that our schools have made preparations to respond effectively. Newton Public School District has an emergency plan that has been formulated to respond to large or small emergencies. This plan has been developed to ensure the safety and protection of all students. None of us likes to dwell on emergency situations. However, we believe that planning ahead will help alleviate additional stress and concern. Please be assured that our entire staff is trained to respond to emergencies in a calm, professional, and reassuring manner.


How You Can Help

  • Please do NOT telephone the School or District Offices. Our telephone lines may be needed for an emergency communication with police, fire, and other emergency personnel.

  • Please do NOT come to the schools until requested. During an emergency, access to the school must be kept clear for emergency vehicles. By “self responding” to the school you may jeopardize the safety of your child.

  • If you child(ren) have a cell phone, please do not call the line and communicate with them not to call you. Communication from your child can be alarming also, conflicting and unconfirmed information is then widespread, which causes panic. It is better left to the officials to report on the situation.

  • Impress upon your child(ren) the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency.

  • In the event our students are evacuated to an off-site location and we have received permission to dismiss them, we will release students to parents or persons you have specified on the emergency release form. Please be patient at the release location as security will be tightened up and release procedures will require proper identification before the release of any student. The location of the pickup site will be announced through Blackboard Connect 5, local radio and television stations, and on the district website. These locations are not published as a safety precaution

Receiving Emergency School Information

We have three ways of notifying you of school emergencies:

  • Blackboard Connect 5 sends alerts and other messages via text or voice to your cell phone, landline phone, and/or a message to your primary email address (work or home).  Parents are automatically signed up for Blackboard Connect 5 when students are enrolled each year. If you have not provided your current contact information please contact: your child’s school or Betty Schmidtberger at 284-6200.
  • For any emergency situation, tune to KSN-TV, KAKE-TV, KWCH-TV, KFDI-radio,
  • In addition, a banner will run across the home page of the district website at www.usd373.org

Keeping each student safe and feeling secure at school is important to USD 373 Newton Public School District!


About USD 373 Emergency Operations Plan

The Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) for USD 373 was developed in conjunction with Kansas Safe and Secure Schools and local responders. We express our thanks to Newton Police Department, Newton Fire Department, Harvey County Sheriff’s Department, and Harvey County Emergency Management.

Emergency Operations Plan