School Status in Emergencies
School Sites will be assessed as early as possible for safety issues. Please check this web site periodically for updates.
If school dismissals are deemed necessary the information will be posted here as soon as possible, sent via School Messenger to parents and announced on radio station KSCO 1080.)
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RADIO STATION KSCO (am 1080) will broadcast periodic announcements during an emergency
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM
An emergency is defined as a situation where it is either unsafe or not possible to send children home from school; such as earthquake, falling aircraft, explosion, severe power failure, fallen trees, snow and/or rain which make roads impassable.
- Staff members will remain at school until all children are released to go home or are in a safe place.
- Students will remain in the classroom, under direction of their teacher, until the emergency situation no longer exists and it is safe to send children home or to another safe place.
- No child will be released until it is safe to do so.
- Teachers are responsible for accounting for each child in their class.
- If school buildings are unsafe, children will be assembled by class in open outdoor areas.
- The assistance of the Fire and Police Departments will be sought immediately.
- Children will not be allowed to call on the school telephones. Lines will be kept open for emergency use only.
- Children will be released only to parents or guardians unless consent to release them to another individual is received in writing, or by phone, except when in the judgment of school officials the best interests of the child will be served by doing otherwise.
HOW YOU C AN HELP
- Discuss the above thoroughly with your child.
- Make certain the school has your correct address and phone number.
- Be sure the school has an emergency address and phone number of someone who will care for your child if you cannot be reached.
- If both parents work, designate an alternate home near yours where your child can safely be cared for if you are not home, in case it becomes necessary to close school early. Due to the problems of care and safety of children, school will be used only in extreme cases.
EACH FAMILY SHOULD HAVE ITS OWN EMERGENCY PLAN AT HOME.
HELPFUL EQUIPMENT TO HAVE AT HOME
- Battery operated radio
- Extra food, blankets and water
- First aid kit
- Fire extinguisher and how to use it
- Information as to location of turn-off valve for gas and water
Emphasize to your child that he/she remain calm and cooperative and not to leave school without permission.
In a prolonged emergency, school officials will request assistance from outside agencies to ensure the safety and comfort of children who remain at school, as schools are not equipped to house students for long periods of time.
PROBLEMS THAT MAY OCCUR
- In case of power failure school heating systems will not operate, therefore, blankets may be needed.
- Furnishing meals may be a problem.
- In the event of a severe earthquake, school buildings may be unsafe. Water pipes, sewer and gas lines might break. Quick assistance will be needed if children have to gather outside during winter months.
THE ABOVE CONCERNS ARE NOT INTENDED TO ALARM YOU
BUT RATHER TO ALERT YOU