Emergency Information & Procedures
3 Simple steps you can take to
prepare for a school emergency
Communication is vital in any type of emergency. Make certain that your child’s Emergency Contact Information is accurately completed and returned to the school for both parents. Please update information as needed. For example, a change in your work telephone, cell or home number.
Individuals listed on the Emergency Contact Form should:
· Be responsible
· Know they are being listed on the Emergency Contact Form and are willing to accept responsibility
· Be easily contacted during the day
· Have transportation to pick up your child(ren) from school
· Be known by your child(ren)
School Emergency Forms are available on our school website: www.southnodaway.k12.mo.us/District Office/School Forms. These forms are collected at the beginning of the school year from each parent. If you need to update, please contact the HS office 652-3727 or the Elementary office 652-3718.
Talk with your child(ren) about listening and following directions during an emergency. Also discuss the emergency training that is provided at school; give your support by stressing its importance and encourage cooperation with school staff members, both in practice drills and in the event of a real emergency.
School Emergency Response
There are several actions that the school may take during an emergency. The following is a brief description of those responses:
LOCKDOWN: A lockdown occurs if there is a crisis inside and/or outside of the school and movement of the students will put them in jeopardy.
SHELTER-IN-PLACE: is used when there is not time to evacuate or when it may be harmful to leave the building. Students will stay in the school building until it is safe for them to leave.
EVACUATION: means that the students and staff must leave the school building for safety reasons. They will move to an area outside the school or to an offsite location. The evacuation of students from the school campus will be considered when its determined that occupation of the school campus is unreasonable due to unsafe conditions.
STUDENT DISMISSAL / SCHOOL REUNIFICATION PROCEDURES: During an emergency, it is critical that parents receive important information and directions from school officials before going to the school or scene of an emergency. School officials will make every effort to notify parents where the students have been relocated and will provide instructions for picking up child(ren). Students will only be sent home with adults listed on their Emergency Contact Card. The adult must have a picture ID when picking up the student(s). If you have not signed up for Text Caster, please call the school 652-3727 or 652-3718.
Where to turn for information during an emergency
In an emergency every effort will be made to keep parents informed so they understand the situation and what is being done in response. Families will receive information and instruction from these listed communication sources:
SCHOOL Wait for a call/text caster from the school. The school will call the emergency phone numbers provided on the Emergency Contact Form. You will receive instructions on what to do during an emergency.
WEBSITE Visit our Website: www.southnodaway.k12. mo.us and click on Emergency Information Button.
LOCAL TV AND RADIO STATIONS Tune in to local TV and radio stations for news alerts.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER DURING A SCHOOL EMERGENCY:
· Wait for the school to call/text caster with instructions. Main phone lines will be needed to help with the emergency.
· A designated area will be assigned so you are able to pick up your child(ren) easily. Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics will be working to help ensure the safety of your child(ren).
We strongly encourage parents NOT to come to the school during an emergency unless directed to do so. While a parent’s natural instinct in an emergency is to go to the school to safeguard their child, please understand that doing so may significantly reduce the school’s ability to respond to the situation. In addition, going to the school may interfere with police or other emergency workers whose sole purpose is to assure the safety and well-being of students and staff. Vehicles driven to the school, for example, may restrict access for emergency vehicles and school buses that are loading children for evacuation or to take them home.