What to do
In the Event of an Emergency
In the event of any emergency incident at a school, parents/guardians are asked to monitor their phones and local news channels for information and advisements from the district. The district will provide urgent information to parents/guardians via telephone and email, the district website, social websites (Facebook and Twitter), and the media. Please ensure your emergency contact information is up to date and on file with your school.
Please understand your school's emergency response plan. Among many things, you will want to know where to go for reunification (the process of bringing together students with parents / guardians). Schools have plans to help you with this process. So please take the time to ask a few simple questions:
In case of an emergency and the students are moved off campus, where will I go to pick-up my student?
In case of an emergency, how will I know what is going on?
In case of an emergency, who can I call for questions and information?
What hospitals would likely be used in case of medical emergencies and what are their phone numbers?
In case of an emergency, will my student have access to his/her personal belongings and school supplies?
Before an Emergency
Here are some suggestions to follow to help keep schools safe and secure:
Report violence, harassment, bullying, suspicious persons or activities, and illegal activities such as weapons and drug or alcohol possession/use to school administration immediately. Do not wait! Without intervention, these problems do not go away.
Report violence, harassment, bullying, suspicious persons or activities, and illegal activity such as weapons and drug or alcohol possession/use to police.
SAFE2TELL® is designed to help YOU anonymously report any threatening behavior that endangers you, your friends, your family, or your community. Click the link to view and print Safe2Tell's most recent information sheet. http://safe2tell.org/
Parents and students should discuss safety and security concerns, along with methods for prevention, intervention, and reporting.
Monitor cell phone and social media information. Threats and bullying incidents have increasingly become more cyber based. Without parental monitoring of these media, student victimization may go unnoticed and needed interventions may be delayed.
Talk to a school counselor. School counselors are trained in crisis prevention and intervention. Counselors offer significant social and emotional support to people at risk of harming themselves or others.
Ask for help! There are many community resources available. Ask your school counselor, church, or civic organizations that provide help for individuals and families in crisis.