Sometimes emergencies happen at schools. To help everyone remain calm and act quickly in an urgent situation, each school has detailed plans that students and staff practise regularly throughout the year.
In an emergency, we may communicate with you in a number of ways.
|Our District has a new message system called SchoolMessenger that can call and text you when there is a major emergency at your child’s school. The system is already set up to send you voice messages, but we need your permission to contact you by text. Learn about how to sign up to get texts from SchoolMessenger.|
|In an emergency, school staff will be focused on keeping students safe. Schools may share an update on SchoolZone after the emergency is over and everyone is safe.|
|For major emergencies, information may also be shared on the District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and through local media.|
Most emergencies don’t last long and are resolved before the school day ends.
A threat is outside the school. All exterior doors are locked. There are no outside activities. Classes continue as normal.
Lockdowns happen when there is an immediate threat to the school. All interior doors are locked. Staff and students keep quiet and stay out of sight. If staff and students are on a field trip, they will go to an alternate safe site instead of returning to the school. Students will not be released from the school until emergency responders say it is safe.
Schools may be evacuated during a fire, flood or explosion. They may also be evacuated due to a bomb threat. All staff, students and visitors immediately leave the building and proceed to the school’s meeting place. Everyone either stays at the meeting place or moves to an alternate safe site. Staff, students and visitors return to the building only after emergency responders say it is safe.
Staff and students inside the building go to pre-designated shelter areas, which are usually interior hallways on the lowest floor of a building. If the school is damaged and it is safe to go outside, staff, students and visitors may be evacuated.