All emergencies impact schools including local and national events. Here are some examples of emergencies that our school practices with students and staff throughout the year so everyone knows what to do:
- Earthquake - may result in an evacuation depending on the location and severity of the quake
- Missing Person or Student - may result in a lockdown.
- Fire - may result in evacuation or shelter-in-place depending on location and severity of fire.
- Weapons - may result in an evacuation or a lockdown.
- Bomb Threat - may result in an evacuation.
- Chemical/Hazmat/Biological Materials - may result in an evacuation or a shelter-in-place depending on the location and type of incident.
- Intruder- may result in a lockdown or evacuation depending on the circumstances.
In response to an emergency that threatens the school, here are some of the actions the school might take:
Code Red (Lockdown or Run, Hide, Defend) - Secures the building and safely shelters all students, staff, and visitors inside the school building.
Code Blue - (Shelter-in-Place) - Is a low-level lockdown that has been called because there is a situation/threat in the neighborhood that requires everyone to get inside. Staff and students can continue on their day-to-day activities indoors.
Code 9 (Evacuation) - Requires students, staff, and visitors to exit an unsafe school building.
While major disasters are rare, it is important that we are prepared. Each year students and teachers prepare and discuss procedures for fire, earthquake, and code red. Below are some things that parents can do to assist in disaster preparedness.
- If your child needs regular medication at school (health office only), assurethere is always a 3-4 day supply maintained at all times.
- Discuss with your children the emergency training they have received at school, give your support by stressing its importance, and encourage them to cooperate with school staff members, both in practice drills and in the event of a real emergency.
- Formulate your own home emergency plans and teach your children what they should do as part of it. Instruct them as to whom they should go for adult supervision if you are not available and as to what they should do if an emergency occurs when they are walking to or from school.
- It is natural for parents to want to be reunited with their children immediately. The first priority of school and emergency staff, on the other hand, will be to secure the area, protect the children and tend to the injured. For a response effort to be successful, it is vital that parents not interfere. Your patience and cooperation during such a crisis can save children’s lives.
- Please keep your cars away from the school so that emergency vehicles can have immediate and clear access to the school.
- Please don’t call your children on their cell phones so that emergency personnel can have open phone lines to communicate.
- Please keep clear of the school until reunification procedures begin.
- Please allow evacuations to proceed without interference. You will be instructed as to the location of the reunification center.
- Check the Evergreen School District website (www.eesd.org) or call the District Office at 270-6800 for information. Tune in to the local television or radio for news alerts.