Our Schools Are Prepared For An Emergency
As a parent/guardian, you should be aware that we provide ongoing emergency response training to school staff and administrators. We have formulated a School Emergency Response Plan, which assigns staff members to roles and responsibilities that must be performed in the event of an emergency. This plan is compliant with all local, state, and federal regulations, including the National Incident Management System (NIMS), developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
We have a schedule of emergency response drills, which are to be performed during the school year. Procedures to be followed during these drills are updated on a regular basis to reflect “best practice” procedures as defined by first response agencies to ensure that students and staff are aware of the most effective and safe emergency responses.
How Do We Prepare Students and Staff To Handle Emergencies?
- School Emergency Response Plans are in place and reviewed on an annual basis.
- Staff have received training to respond to an emergency until the arrival of professional first-response agencies.
- We have a trained School Emergency Response Team equipped with the appropriate emergency supplies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my child safe at school during an emergency?
Yes. School staff is prepared to care for students during and after many types of emergencies and disasters. We regularly practice responding to emergencies, and we have a comprehensive planning process to assure the safety of all students and staff. In addition, our building(s) are well constructed and inspected regularly. Your child is very safe at school!
What should I do if my child is at school during an emergency?
Please – do not come to the school during an emergency! Coming to school during an emergency can interfere with emergency first responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance, etc.) and can create additional problems. Your child is safe at school, and you will be able to pick up your child after the emergency has passed.
Can I see my child if the school is on lockdown?
No, you will not be able to see your child until the All Clear signal is given by first responders. No one will be allowed to enter or leave the school grounds during a lockdown.
Who can pick-up my child from school?
Only those people who are listed on the Enrollment Packet may pick up your child from school, so it is very important that the information on file is up to date and accurate. If you work out of the area, you may wish to have someone you trust – who lives close to the school – listed on your child’s Emergency Contact List. You may come to the school office to make changes or additions. Parents, (or other adults listed on the Enrollment Packet), will be required to show a valid identification, such as a driver’s license, before any student will be released to their care.
If my child is hurt, will they be taken care of at school?
Yes. Several staff members are trained in First Aid and CPR. We also have medical supplies ready to use in an emergency. Students who are seriously injured will be taken to receive appropriate medical care at a hospital or emergency treatment center.
How long will the school care for my child?
School staff will take care of your child until you or a person designated on the Enrollment Packet arrives. Your child will have food to eat and will be safe and comfortable at school.
How will we communicate if the phones don’t work?
In a major emergency (like a major earthquake) electricity and phone will probably not work. Many announcements will be made over the radio, so having a battery operated radio is a good idea.