Each school maintains a safety plan including procedures for both evacuation and lockdown. A safe place has been identified in the event that we would need to evacuate the school grounds. Teachers, staff, and students are aware of the plan, have been trained on all procedures, and practice the procedures with regularity.
Part of the safety plan requires that all doors except the front door remained locked at all times.
Board policy states: “All visitors/volunteers must sign a check-in/out sheet and wear an identification badge during their visit.” All visitors, regardless of the length of your visit, please sign-in at the front office and obtain a visitor’s badge upon entering the building.
What Should Parents Do During a School Emergency?
In an emergency situation, our administrators’ first priority is to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff. They follow the policies and procedures the district has put in place to address emergencies. In these situations, we understand it is natural for parents to want to call or visit the school, but those calls and visits can actually hinder school staff and emergency personnel as they try to deal with emergency situations. Instead, here are some tips to help parents during an emergency.
- Watch for updates from official district sources. The district will share information as quickly as possible using a variety of tools, including texts, emails, the district’s website, the district’s automated calling system and local media such as newspaper, TV and radio.
- Be patient. The first few minutes of an emergency situation can be chaotic. It can take a little time to collect reliable information. As soon as that information is available, the district will share it with parents.
- Keep communications with your child short. It is natural for parents to want to get in touch with their child during an emergency. However, trying to call a child’s cell phone may prevent them from hearing important, life-saving information. Texting may be a better option, but keep the exchanges short. Before an emergency, talk to your child about what kind of information is helpful to share in these situations. For example, “I am safe” or “We’re being evacuated.”
- Be wary of initial reports. Information moves quickly today and often initial reports are inaccurate or just plain wrong. Watch for updates from official sources.