LONDONDERRY — The school district, along with Londonderry police and fire departments, wants to make sure first responders in town are aware of those with special needs when an emergency strikes.
In a report to the school board on June 18, school district Director of Pupil Services Kim Carpinone said an updated, consolidated form will now give those emergency personnel information on residents that may require specialized care.
"Years ago, we developed an 'at risk of wandering' form, primarily for students with autism," Carpinone said in her report to the board. "Londonderry police also had forms for adults with memory loss and other types of disabilities that may make them more vulnerable."
Carpinone said Moose Hill School staff had proposed updating the forms over this past winter, adding in collaboration with police and fire departments, one form was created for all Londonderry residents to share information with the first responders.
The forms will be available at the police department and through the school district. It's a voluntary service and no information will be shared without written consent.
Once information is turned into the police, it will be entered into a database for both police and fire departments to access in case of emergency.
Both police and fire departments have also worked together to purchase car window stickers that will be available once forms are turned in so families can display them to also alert emergency personnel of anyone needing special needs care.
"This is another way for our first responders to recognize we have a variety of residents who may or may not be able to respond," Carpinone said.