What should parents do before an emergency?
Parents can assist greatly by helping with preparation before an emergency by doing the following:
- Ensure your child’s school has accurate contact information so you can be reached in case of an emergency. Keep the information current by notifying school office staff of any changes as soon as they occur. Multiple contact sources are helpful, including cell, home and work telephone numbers and email addresses. Local emergency contacts should be provided in the event you cannot be reached.
- When visiting your child’s school, follow all visitor guidelines and obey parking and traffic signs.
- Talk to your child about the kinds of drills a school conducts and the reason for those drills. Remind children the importance of staying calm and following instructions. It’s also a good idea to reinforce these lessons at home by preparing your family for emergencies.
What should parents do during an emergency?
During an emergency situation, school and district officials must act quickly—under the direction of law enforcement and first responders—and follow established protocols to safeguard students, secure schools and communicate accurate information in a timely manner.
- Keep your phone lines open and don’t immediately drive to the school. Roads must be clear for first responders.
- As difficult as it may be, avoid contacting your child during an emergency. Depending on the situation, this can further compromise their safety, overload cell systems, hamper the ability of first responders and cause delays in releasing official, accurate information. Please listen/wait for instructions and act accordingly.
- Parents will be notified, and announcements will be made, via automated phone calls, email, the district website and the district’s Facebook page.
PLEASE MAKE SURE EMERGENCY INFORMATION IS CURRENT FOR YOUR CHILD. Whenever you move, change phone numbers, or change emergency contact names, please contact the school immediately.
Emergency Notification System- FlashAlert
When the decision is made to close or delay school, the information is listed on the district website, Facebook page and sent via the FlashAlert notification system. You must be registered with FlashAlert to receive instant notifications. FlashAlert allows you to receive updates via text message at the same time our local TV, radio and newspapers receive the information.
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