Emergency Plans - Keeping Students Safe When Crisis Strikes
Some of the safety and security measures currently in place in our school include:
- School safety plans and emergency response procedures for;
- evacuation and school closure
- secure school and lockdown
- Emergency communications plans including parent notifications and alerts
- School incident Command Teams equipped with emergency response kits
- Partnerships with local emergency responders and collaboration for training and planning proposes
- Visitor sign-in procedures
- Regularly held emergency response drills with all students and staff, and ongoing training for emergency response teams.
- Safety assessments of school facilities in partnership with the school insurance agency, the Tuolumne Joint Powers Authority
- First aid kits, fire extinguishers and classroom lockdown safety kits
- School Safety hotline with the National We Tip program, 1-800-78-CRIME (27463)
What you can expect during a crisis at school:
- The school emergency response plans will be inplemented and the incident command team will respond according to the pland and as trained.
- Both 911 and the school district office will be informed and will respond quickly and effectively to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
- All appropriate emergency response agencies will be dispatched to the school, as needed.
- Depending the situation, all students and staff will be secured withing the school building(s) or evacuated to a safe location.
- Parents will be kept informed on the situdation with as much detail as possible to ensure the safety of all student and response personnel
- A written explanation of the crisis and the respose will be sent home with students as soon as possible
How will the school respond when an incident occurs?
Depending on the nature of the incident, we will implement the following emergency response procedures:
Lockdown or Secure School
In situations involving an intruder or threat of violence near the campus the school will be locked down with all students and secured safely inside. Lockdown is the most secure and requires that everyone to stay locked inside school buildings but allows for continued operations as much as possible.
Duck and Cover
This action is taken to protect students and staff from falling debris and is most commonly used for earthquakes. Duck and cover requires everyone to duck under a desk or table and cover their head with their hands. This position is then held until the shaking stops and the area is stable.
When it is unsafe for students and staff to stay inside the building then everyone will exacuate to a safe location. This may be an alternate location on campus like the playground or the athletic filed. At times the entire campus may not be safe and everyone will be evacuated to an off-sie location. Following an off-campus evacuation, parents will receive information on the location and instruction for picking up their child(ren).
What can parents do to help ensure the safety of students during emergencies?If an incident occurs, it is only natural for parents and caregivers to want to rush to the school. However, doing this will often complicate a school-based incident and may interfere with the work of school personnel and emergency responders.You can help manage a crisis situation by forllowing these steps:Remain Calm - Do your best to cooperate with school and publis safety officaials. Follow any instructions you may receive regarding your student.Keep Roads Clear - Do not come to the school as that may interfere withthe response efforts and put you in harms way. Traffic or parking congestion could block access to the school for critical resources like police, fir or emergency medical responders.Keep Phone Lines Open - Do not call the school office. Excessive phone calls could jam the phone system and hamper emergency communications.Do not call your student if he or she has a cell phone. The circuits you are using may be essential for the emergency response.Monitor the local comunications channels such as websites or radio stations.Be Patient - Students will be released to parents and quardians, or emergency contact persons as soon as possible._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Successful, safe and effective schools are also thsoe with high levels of parent and caregiver involvement. You are vital to your student's well-being and safety. Help us keep our school safe by staying informed and taking with your child about school safety and emergency response. Please talk to the school administrator about any concerns that you or your chilkd may have about school safey._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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