Joseph Le Conte Middle School

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Emergency Plan

Drills

To prepare all members of the school community, including your child, to act on a moments notice, we will be conducting emergency practice drills at the school.  These drills, which will occur on a periodic basis throughout the year, will cover a variety of circumstances.  In addition to practicing the drills, we will also be discussing with the students the appropriate actions to take during a number of emergencies. These drills and accompanying discussions are designed to prepare your child to act quickly and to minimize your child’s fear should an emergency occur.

 

Reuniting With Your Child

In order to ensure your child’s safety, it is necessary for us to establish some protocols related to picking up your child.  Therefore, please be advised of the following guidelines:

  • No student will be released unless you or an individual designated on the student's Emergency

Information Card arrives to pick up that student. It is critical that the information and phone numbers on your child’s Emergency Information Card is current. We will be using this information to contact you through the District’s mass communication system with the evacuation process and location for picking up your child.

  • You will be required to present valid identification. This step is required to protect your child from any unauthorized individuals attempting to pick up your child. The school may be receiving assistance from other schools or outside agencies and, therefore, may not know you.
  • You will be required to sign for the release of your child. This is extremely important as it is our only means of ensuring that all students are accounted for at all times. Please do not just take your child from the campus without signing for their release. We recognize that you may be worried and want to be reunited with your child as quickly as possible.  However, this system has been established to ensure your child’s safety.  You may be jeopardizing your child’s or another child’s safety by not adhering to these procedures.
  • Should our normal transportation system be unable to transport your child home, your child will be kept at the school until such time as you can arrange to pick them up.
  • If you are unable to pick up your child, he/she will be kept at the school until alternate arrangements can be made. Your child will be supervised at all times.

Keeping Informed During an Emergency

During a real emergency, you probably will not be able to reach the school by phone, as staff will be busy responding to the emergency and the needs of the students.  We will, however, make every effort to contact parents, either directly, or through the District’s mass communication system.  Additionally, we may utilize local radio and television station broadcasts to relay information.  Please do not call the school and do not call your child’s cell phone during an emergency.  Phone lines need to be kept accessible at all times, and overloading the phone system may mean that the school will not be able to communicate with first responders.