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School Emergencies

The Safe School Team works with school administration to prepare their school sites to respond to general safety incidents, disasters and criminal events. It is common during an emergency for a school to initiate one of two safety actions: Lockdown or Shelter-in-Place. Often, the determination is made in coordination with law enforcement officials based on the threat level presented to the safety of those on campus.

  • School staff members’ first priority is to protect the safety of students, other staff and guests on campus. Immediate actions will be taken to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.
  • During a lockdown or shelter-in-place, no one is allowed to enter or leave a school campus. This is done to reduce confusion and ensure the safety of our students. Attempting to enter a school site during an emergency situation puts both you and others at risk of harm.
  • During a critical situation, students are asked to keep cell phones darkened and quiet. Please do not attempt to reach your student by phone. If you do attempt to reach your student, refrain from making bad assumptions if your child does not respond to your calls or text messages. If you are in communication with your student during a critical situation, please remind them to avoid use of their devices if it puts them, and their classmates, at greater risk.
    • Parents and guardians will be alerted to the situation by school or district staff using our mass notification system as soon as practicable after campus safety actions have been initiated. If a precautionary shelter-in-place or lockdown is less than 15 minutes in duration, a message may be sent at the conclusion of the event, but no later than the end of the school day.
  • If school is canceled or your student is required to be picked up, a summary message will be sent and posted to the website after a situation is resolved.
  • Additional communications will be sent as well as posted to the district and school websites will alert you to how, when and where you may pick up your student.