Safety and Security

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Vernon Public Schools climate and safety staff are responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for student, staff and visitors utilizing an all hazards approach and fostering positive interactions with students, staff and visitors to support the academic process.

The Vernon Public Schools Climate and Safety staff works closely with our local first responders, School Resource Officer, regional, state and federal agencies, Vernon Public Schools Facilities Department, Town of Vernon Information Technology Department as well as our district and building level administration to develop and implement best practice emergency response procedures, conduct safety and security training for school staff, coordinate emergency response procedures with local police, fire and emergency medical services, and the selection, installation, and maintenance of intrusion detection, access control and closed circuit television systems.

Vernon Public Schools Climate and Safety staff receive comprehensive training in responding to and handling emergency situation and are all trained in First Aid, CPR and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).


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Cory LaFountaine

Logistics and Safety Supervisor

Cory is the Logistics and Safety Supervisor for Vernon Public Schools as well as a Firefighter for the Town of Vernon Fire Department. He has 15 years of experience working in the emergency services field including municipal, corporate, post-secondary education and retail environments. Cory is a certified instructor with the International Police Mountain Bike Association and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter. Cory lives locally with his Fiance' and three children and enjoys camping, mountain biking and spending time with his family.

Robert Lovett
School Climate Specialist

Northeast School

Rob Lovett, School Climate Specialist at Northeast Elementary School, has been with the Vernon School system for over four years. Prior to this, Rob had a successful twenty year career as a Correction Officer with the State of Connecticut, and also worked at Manchester High School as a Security Officer. He and his wife have lived in Vernon for 24 years and have two kids that have gone through Vernon’s school system. Rob has also coached in the Vernon little league and legion baseball programs. Rob enjoys working with students in the Vernon public school system and loves going to work every day to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the students and staff.

Ronnie Jones
School Climate Specialist

Rockville High School

Carolyn Hickman
School Climate Specialist

Rockville High School

Katherine Rooney
School Climate Specialist

Northeast School

Kathy retired from the Vernon Police Dept. in July 2015 after 21 years of service. She spent most of my career in the Patrol Division. One of the most enjoyable positions she held was that of the D.A.R.E. Officer and “Officer Friendly” for Vernon Schools. Those positions allowed me to work with school staff and elementary age students. Students were taught techniques to address critical decision making skills, dangers of alcohol / drug use and abuse, bullying, personal safety.etc. She was then trained as a Crisis / Hostage Negotiator and assisted Vernon Police Officers and neighboring Police Departments in crisis situations.

After retiring Kathy became a Substitute Teacher for the Town of Ellington Schools and then Town of Vernon Schools.

She enjoys fitness, reading and spending time with friends and family and our 2 Golden Retrievers.