Safety Procedures

  • Each school has a plan with specified roles and responsibilities for handling various types of emergencies. 

    Specific safety procedures will be followed, depending on the type of emergency. Following is information about what procedures we use in each type of emergency. Every situation is unique, so school staff may adjust their response to address student safety first. 
  • Here is what it means when a school implements one of the following procedures in response to a safety issue or emergency:
     

    Lockdown or Modified Lockdown

    A school building may go into lockdown when there is a safety concern on campus or police activity in the community. A school is ordered into lockdown by either law enforcement, the district safety and security department, or building principal.

    Depending on the type of threat, a school may go into a lockdown or modified lockdown.

    Lockdown: During a lockdown, students and staff remain in classrooms behind locked doors, staying quiet, low and out of sight. Windows and blinds are closed; lights are turned off.

    Modified Lockdown: Students can move about inside the school but not outside. Exterior doors are locked. Only known persons are allowed to enter. Exterior windows and blinds are closed.

    Evacuation

    A school building evacuation may occur in the event of a safety threat in which it would be safer for students and staff to be out of the building. Students are guided to an emergency assembly area.


    Shelter in Place

    A school may use "shelter-in-place" in case of hazardous materials being released into the atmosphere. Classroom heating and air vents are turned off and covered. Windows are closed.


    Off-site Reunification

    In the rare instance that students are transported to an off-site location due to an emergency, families will be notified of where and when to pick up your child. We will notify you using our emergency communication systems and the contact information you have previously provided to the school.
     
    Here is information about what to expect when picking up your student at a reunification site:
    • You will be asked to show photo ID
    • Have patience and follow all directions by school staff
    • If you are unable to retrieve your child, the school can only release your student to someone who is on the emergency contact list you submitted to the school or updated online in Illuminate
  • Emergency Responses


    • Bomb threat: Evacuate.

    • Chemical spill: If the chemical spill is in the room or nearby, evacuate. If the chemical spill is outside of the building, shelter in place. Close and seal doors and windows.

    • Earthquake: Drop, cover under a desk or table, and hold. Turn away from windows. Evacuate only if instructed to do so. 

    • Fire: Evacuate. Turn off lights, close door as you leave.

    • Power Outage: Shelter in place. Turn off computers, lights, electrical devices.

    • Radiation leak: Shelter in place. 

    • Threat outside of the building: Modified lockdown.

    • Threat inside of the building: Evacuate, lockdown, or modified lockdown, depending on the situation.

    • Tsunami warning: Evacuate.