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Emergency Preparedness

A Guide for Parents/Guardians
In any emergency, our top priority is the safety of students and staff. We rely on our Emergency Response Plan, in collaboration with local emergency organizations, to be efficient and proactive in any given situation. Each school has on-site and Division-based emergency protocols in place for specific emergency situations. Staff are trained, and drills are conducted regularly.


Emergency Protocols:

  • Lockdown: Used for interior threats of violence; all doors are locked until cleared by law enforcement. Students are held in a safe and secure area.
  • Hold-and-Secure: Used for security threats; entrance doors are locked until the situation is resolved.
  • Shelter-in-Place: Used for environmental emergencies; occupants retreat to safe zones.
  • Evacuation: Students and staff relocate to alternate locations if necessary.
  • Dismissal: Students are released to parents/legal guardians or emergency contacts, following specific procedures.


Parent-Child Reunion Procedures:

  1. A reunion area is established, and the location will then be communicated during an emergency through parent communication channels.
  2. Students are released only to authorized legal guardians or emergency contacts listed on Emergency Contact Cards.

*Please note that requirements may change in unforeseen circumstances.


Important note during an emergency:

  • DO NOT call the school or your child's cell phone during an emergency; please avoid overloading systems or compromising student/staff safety.
  • Emergency notifications will be sent via School Website, Parent Communication, and *Social Media (*situation dependent).


Emergency Situation Protocols may be altered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools or acting Superintendent.