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Emergency Information

What Should Parents do in the Event of an Emergency?

 

The most helpful parental responses to a school emergency are to remain calm
and wait for accurate information to be sent to the number listed on your child’s
emergency contact. We understand it is a natural instinct for parents to want to
rush to their child. It is important for you to understand that, during such an event,
individual schools and emergency responders have made preparations to deal
with these incidents. Your cooperation in an emergency is essential to the safe
and swift resolution of the incident.
 
Please do not call the school. It is essential to keep phone lines open so school
officials can make outgoing emergency calls. If students are ill or injured, the
parents of those students will be notified first.
Please do not go to the school. As we have learned from past school emergencies,
one of our greatest challenges is how to manage an onslaught of parents
and concerned citizens rushing to the scene to “help.” By doing so, parents
can inadvertently create traffic jams that may block emergency responders from
getting to the scene or leaving if necessary to transport injured staff or students
to emergency medical facilities.
 
Remain calm, follow procedures, and cooperate with school and public
safety officials.
Remain close to the phone listed as your emergency contact number.
 Obtain current information about the incident from the district website
 
Understand that emergency pickup procedures are different than routine
pickup procedures. In the event you are notified to pick up your child at school
or at the designated family reunification site, bring a photo identification card. If
you must send someone else to pick up your child, be sure it is someone who is
listed on school records as an authorized individual and they are in possession of
a photo ID. Your child will not be released to anyone who is unauthorized or who
cannot provide appropriate identification.
 
Follow emergency procedures. If you are asked to pick up your child,
you will be asked to follow the checkout procedure established for emergencies.
The reunification system was developed to ensure the safety of students and it is
vital that the procedure be followed.
 
Remain in designated areas at the family reunification site.
Be patient. It is essential that the family reunification procedure be carried
out in an orderly manner so we can protect and account for all of our students.