What Parents Can Do in an Emergency
What can you do as a parent when there is an emergency?
♦ PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT YOUR CHILD DURING AN EMERGENCY. Contacting your child may slow down the school’s efforts to get all students to safety if your child is not paying attention to instructions. Also, a ringing or vibrating cell phone, or a student talking, even in a whisper, may indicate to an intruder where your child and others are hiding.
♦ PLEASE DO NOT RUSH TO YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL WHEN INFORMED OF AN EMERGENCY. Emergency responders will determine when it is safe for students to be released, and the District will inform all parents of how their children will be transported home, or where and when they can be picked up.
♦ BE SURE TO ALWAYS UPDATE YOUR SCHOOL IF YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGES. If there is an emergency involving your child, and the school does not have your most current contact information, precious time will be lost as the school tries to contact you.
♦ DO NOT RELY ON ONE FORM OF COMMUNICATION FOR INFORMATION FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. See the communication methods that the District uses HERE.
♦ During an emergency, PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOLS FOR INFORMATION. In an emergency, staff members will be busy dealing with the safety of students and will not be able to answer the phones. For information during a crisis, please check the District's sources of communication.
♦ BE PATIENT as you wait for more information. As soon as new information becomes available, the District will update the community as rapidly as possible through its communication methods. Check the District website and social media often for updates.
♦ DO NOT COME TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD until the District has notified you of the time and the location where you can do this. Emergency responders will determine when and where it is safe to pick up students. You might put yourself and others in harm’s way if you attempt to pick up your child before the District has been told it is safe for you to do so. Be sure to have identification with you when picking up students.