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In Case of any Emergency Call:

Campus Security: 202-939-8812 (x8812)

Switchboard: 202-939-8800 (x8800)

Main Office: 202-939-8848 (x8848)

After Hours Call:

Security Guard/Emergency 2-Way Radio (202-939-8812, x8812) or

Trey Holloway (202-939-8821) or

Susan Epps (cell: 202-577-8928) or

Marjo Talbott (cell: 202-494-5719; home: 202-686-4130)

Give your name, location, and nature of the emergency

In any case of emergency, the Main Office will make sure that the appropriate division director has been notified of the situation and vice versa. 


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Inclement Weather and Emergency Messages

When inclement weather or another emergency prevents the opening of school, requires early closing, or activates an alternate school schedule, information will be available on the school website homepage ( Parents/Guardians' phone numbers and/or email addresses also will be used as appropriate for emergency notifications.

Please keep your emergency email and phone contacts current. Changes to this information should be made online by logging into the Parents/Guardians Portal (click on Community, then Parents/Guardians at the top of the homepage). If you need assistance, contact Director of Technology and Information Services Jean-Philippe Fontaine at 202-939-8807 or

In cases of inclement weather, announcements will be made over the radio stations WTOP 103.5 FM/820 AM, WASH 97.1 FM, and on television (NBC channel 4, FOX channel 5, and ABC channel 7). We will make an independent decision about closing school due to weather conditions, although if the DC public schools are closed, Maret may be closed. We will try to make the decision of “No School” by 5:30 a.m. If an announcement is NOT posted to the website, families should assume that school is operating on schedule.

In inclement weather or other emergencies, parents/guardians should always use their own judgment about road conditions and the safety of bringing their children in to school and picking them up early.


How to Talk to Children About Difficult Topics

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Ask clarifying questions to get a better understanding of what your child is asking.

Be developmentally appropriate. Don’t volunteer too much information, as this may be overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions. Do your best to answer honestly and clearly, but do not give more information than is age-appropriate and/or necessary. Instead of tackling a conversation or a question in one conversation, you can always circle back if needed.

Invite your child to ask questions. It is okay if you cannot answer everything; being available for your child is what matters.

Don’t let your own anxiety take over. Parents can get worried about explaining everything rather than just answering the specific question that was posed.

Avoid overly focusing on the subject. Gauge how much you talk about the topic depending on the age of your child. Young children may not need to know much.

Share what you are doing to stay safe. An important way to reassure children is to emphasize the safety precautions that you are taking.

Empower children and help them feel in control. Help them figure out what they can do to manage their emotions or change a situation.

Avoid excessive blaming. When tensions run high, sometimes we try to blame someone or something. It is important to avoid stereotyping or negative comments about a specific group of people.

Monitor television viewing and social media. Try to avoid watching or listening to information that may be upsetting when children are present.

Stick to routine. Structured days with regular mealtimes and bedtimes are an essential part of keeping children happy and healthy.

Reassure children they are loved, safe, and protected by you and others.


Resources for Talking About the News and Traumatic Events with Children and Youth

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
Child Mind Institute

Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
Child Mind Institute

Explaining the News to Our Kids
Common Sense Media

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
National Association of School Psychologists

How to Help Children and Youth Process the Capitol Insurrection
Spark and Stitch Institute

Teaching Resources to Help Students Make Sense of the Rampage at the Capitol
The New York Times and a variety of educational organizations

Leading Conversations After Crisis
Teaching Tolerance


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Campus Security

Our students thrive best when they are able to freely travel across our campus between their classes and activities; therefore, our board of trustees regularly reviews Maret's security procedures and determines how to balance the needs of both a safe and open campus.

Please be assured that the security program at Maret provides the School with strong protection 24/7.

  • Surveillance cameras are installed at strategic locations across campus.
  • The Buildings & Grounds team, together with our contracted on-campus security personnel, continually monitor all activity on campus.
  • Maret’s gates are locked during nighttime hours.
  • From the completion of morning drop-off until the beginning of afternoon pick-up, all traffic flow will be through the East Gates only (near the Swiss embassy) and will be screened by our security officers.
  • Outside visitors and vendors will be required to check in with the Receptionist in Woodley and wear name tags while on campus.
  • The Receptionist and our security officers will monitor the pedestrian gates (near the Cottage and at the Garfield Street steps) via closed circuit cameras and buzz in our community members.
  • In cases of emergency, Maret has an extensive 2-way radio system to ensure that all key offices in the School can maintain direct communications at all times. Plus, our emergency messaging system is always in place to send parents/guardians emails and text messages, and to post on our website as needed.
  • Maret’s comprehensive crisis management plan is always in place, and our Emergency Guidelines continue to be in line with recommendations from FEMA, the Red Cross, NAIS, phone companies, security firms, and other federal and D.C. Government agencies.

Suggested Safety Precautions

The following list summarizes a number of precautionary measures suggested by the DC Metropolitan Police Department.

  • Plan your outing. Always tell a family member or friend where you are going and when you will return. Make sure they know your route to school and home.
  • Carry a cell phone and ID.
  • Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
  • Walk in groups whenever possible.
  • Listen to your surroundings. Don't wear headsets. If you wear them you won't hear an approaching car or attacker.
  • Walk in familiar areas. Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails. Especially avoid poorly lit areas at night.
  • Stay clear of parked cars or bushes.
  • Trust your intuition about a person or an area.
  • Ignore verbal harassment. Do not acknowledge strangers. Be observant and keep your distance and keep moving.
  • Do not respond if anyone in a car asks you for directions.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don't resist. Give up your property—don't risk your safety. Run away, hide, scream, and raise an alarm.
  • Have your door key ready before you reach your home.
  • Call the police immediately (311 or 911) if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone or anything out of the ordinary.


In the event of a crisis, Maret’s Crisis Team will convene and initiate appropriate action.

If you are approached by anyone from the press or the media, tell them that ALL INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS SHOULD COME FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR (202-939-8835).

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