The primary consideration in any emergency situation must be the safety of the students and staff. At certain times, therefore, it may be necessary to ask the staff to perform "beyond the call of duty" in order to provide for the welfare of our students. In the event of an actual emergency situation, all school personnel, instructional and noninstructional, will be required to remain in the building until they are dismissed by the principal.
A. When an emergency occurs the principal shall evacuate the school. An announcement will then be made to inform staff and students of the emergency procedures that will be followed.
B. If a decision is made to send students home or to a preselected site, attempts will be made to notify parents by telephone and/or by radio or TV and the public address system will be used to inform all teachers and students.
The professional and support staff members will supervise the orderly evacuation of the building in accordance with a plan to be submitted annually by each principal to the Director in charge of safety.
In accordance with State law, fire drills are to be conducted periodically, not less than monthly. Each principal shall prepare and distribute fire drill procedures whereby:
A. all personnel leave the building during a drill;
B. the plan of evacuation provides at least one (1) alternative route in case exits or stairways are blocked;
C. a list is compiled of all disabled students in the building who will require assistance in exiting the building together with the assignment of a staff member in the student's classroom who will be responsible for providing necessary assistance in an appropriate manner;
A person should also be designated to assist a disabled student when the evacuation signal is given and s/he is in another area of the building such as the gym, all-purpose room, or lunchroom.
D. teachers, when the fire alarm sounds, should caution students to walk silently and briskly from the building to a specified location, check to make sure any disabled students requiring assistance are being assisted properly, close all windows and doors of room and turn out lights, if possible, before leaving, and conduct roll call as soon as students are at the designated location to make sure that each student is accounted for.
The principal shall report the completion of each drill to the director in charge of safety.
Tornado drills shall be conducted at least two (2) times each semester.
The following situations are quite unlikely to occur, but in such an event, use the following procedural guidelines, as appropriate:
A. Student or staff member held hostage
1. Isolate the area. DO NOT make a P.A. announcement or sound the fire alarm. The nearest administrator will direct teachers and monitors on duty to notify teachers in nearby classes to take their students to a previously determined area.
2. Notify the police immediately, giving as much information as possible (e.g. number of terrorists, number of hostages, types of demands being made). Police will be in charge once they arrive.
3. Notify the Superintendent.
B. Intruders in building or on school property
1. Ask them to leave.
2. If they do not leave, remind them of trespassing law.
3. Notify administrator in charge and the Corporation office.
4. Avoid any physical conflict or loud verbal altercations.
The administrator or person in charge shall notify law enforcement and/or school security if intruders do not leave.
C. Demonstrators or pickets on school premises before school opens
1. Attempt to enter building peaceably.
2. Notify administrator in charge.
3. Notify the Superintendent.
4. Hold students on the school buses if demonstrators seem to pose a threat.
5. Notify law enforcement officers or school security.
D. Demonstrators or pickets on school premises at dismissal
1. Notify the Superintendent.
2. If demonstrators seem to pose a threat, hold students in class until further notice.
3. Notify law enforcement officers or school security.
E. Student Demonstrators
1. Identify the leader or leaders of the group.
2. Notify the group that the administration will confer with the leader(s) but not until all other students return to class.
3. Meet with leaders if students disperse and return to class.
4. If students refuse to disperse, remind them of truancy regulations and the consequences of school disruption.
5. With other staff, try to identify as many participants as possible and notify parents of participants asking them to come to school.
6. Attempt to take pictures and/or video recording of participants.
7. Attempt to keep nonparticipating students away from the demonstration area.
8. Follow through on disciplinary action on students refusing to cooperate.
9. Contact police if demonstrators cannot be controlled by these guidelines.