FAQs about Emergency Preparedness

  • Q: What should parents do if there is a school emergency? 

    It is critical that parents receive important information and directions from school officials before going to the school. Emergency vehicles may need access to the road and highways near our schools, and it is important they are not blocked or hindered in crisis response.

    Parents can be confident that accurate and timely information about the emergency will be released to parents, the public and the media during any emergency incident. Keep phones near in a crisis. Keep your contact information up-to-date with your school's secretary throughout the school year.
     
    In the case that we evacuate the campus, we will go to Twin Oaks Christian School at 1230 Big Bend Rd. This is the rendezvous point for all emergencies.
     
     
    Q: What if my child is riding a school bus at the time of a crisis? 

    School bus drivers will contact our transportation department for instructions in the event that a crisis occurs while students are in transport. Parents will be informed of the parent-student reunification point location.  

     
    Q: What is lockdown? 

    A lockdown is a precautionary measure in response to a threat directly to the school or in the surrounding community. 

    In a lockdown:

    • All school activities are moved indoors.
    • Depending on the type of lockdown, interior and exterior doors on campus are locked.
    • No one is allowed to enter or exit the building.
    • Parents may not come to the school during a lockdown. The school will send communications. 
    • Parents are also discouraged from calling the school directly. Additional calls hinder the ability of staff to respond to the primary task: keeping everyone safe.
     
    Q: How will my child's school handle an emergency situation? 

    The district and all school facilities have crisis and safety plans. The plans are designed with the assistance of administrative staff members, as well as local law enforcement, emergency management and public health officials. The plans, which are regularly reviewed and updated, include procedures to respond to a variety of crisis incidents. School district personnel practice drills associated with some of these specific emergencies on a regular basis, including fire, tornado and school intruder drills.

    In general, each plan involves the designation of a crisis management team; development of evacuation, shelter-in-place, and lockdown procedures; preparation of a portable critical response kit that contains key information and supplies; designation of one or more appropriate evacuation sites; provisions for training personnel and updating the plan; checklists for dealing with specific types of incidents; and resources for help before, during and after an event.

    The district’s safety plans include procedures for the evacuation of students from campus. In the case that we evacuate the campus, we will go to Twin Oaks Christian School at 1230 Big Bend Rd. In an emergency, parents’ first instinct may be to come to campus. You must go to the rendezvous point to be reunited with your child. In the case of an active shooter on campus, we encourage students who are not on lockdown to get to Safety Zones: The Vance police precinct, behind Sacred Heart, or across Vance behind the businesses.

     

    Q: Why didn’t I receive a phone message?
    Each situation differs in the level of severity and how it impacts the school day and families. Incidences that last just a few minutes with minimal impact to the school day may simply be followed up with a district or principal letter. In other cases, principals will decide to send an emergency phone message. In a more severe emergency, parents will receive multiple forms of communication. This could include multiple phone messages, as well as written letters after the fact. During an emergency lockdown, parents are also encouraged to check district social media and local news media for updates.
     
     
    Q: How can I stay informed? 
    • Keep your contact information up-to-date with your school's secretary.
    • In general, urgent messages are sent via text and voicemail directly to parents. 
    • Emergency messages are sent to local TV and radio outlets and are posted to the district website and social media account.