SCHOOL CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HILLCREST SCHOOL DISTRICT

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1 1 SCHOOL CRISIS MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HILLCREST SCHOOL DISTRICT

2 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction... 4 Initial Response... 5 Crisis Response Team... 6 Plan Implementation/Evaluation... 7 First Aid Personnel... 8 Emergency Situations (Classrooms)... 9 Emergency Situations (Outside Classrooms) Evacuation Procedures Building Evacuation Plan Assault of a Student Bomb Threat Bomb Threat Checklist Intruder on Campus/Weapons Threat Severe Weather Bullying or Fighting Death/Suicide Suicide Attempt of Student/Faculty Member Outside School Death/Suicide Suicide Attempt of Student/Faculty Member at School Fire or Explosion Medical Emergency Abduction/Missing Person Bus/Vehicle Accident Earthquakes... 28

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4 4 INTRODUCTION At Hillcrest School District, we strive to maintain a safe and stable educational environment through focusing on prevention of avoidable emergencies. However, we recognize that some crises are inevitable, and we must be prepared. In the event of such an emergency situation, each school in our state must have a crisis management plan. An emergency can come in the form of a natural disaster, such as tornado, earthquake, or flood, or in the form of man-made disasters such as chemical accident, fire, explosion, bomb threat, or weapon on campus. This plan delineates Hillcrest School District s plan for management and operations in various emergency situations. This plan has been formulated to aid Hillcrest School District leaders in directing our staff and students to safety in an emergency situation. The mission of the Hillcrest School District crisis management plan is to furnish the maximum practical protection for our students and staff in a crisis situation. To meet this mission, we will give instruction and preparedness training to our staff and students in the necessary and safe processes to implement in the event of a crisis on campus. This will be achieved through staff in-service trainings and student drills. The event of a crisis will necessitate an immediate response from all staff as they implement their particular procedure from the plan. As no two emergencies are the same in nature, scope, or magnitude, it is essential that the plan be basic, flexible, and subject to adjustment as needed. Adjustments to the plan will be made according to the judgment of the Superintendent or Civil Authorities. Our top priorities in the event of emergency situation will be: 1. Protection of life. 2. Prevention of injuries. 3. Protection of property. 4. Coordination with local civil authorities. 5. Aid in recovery operations.

5 5 INITIAL RESPONSE IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION The first responses in a declared emergency are going to be one or more of the following tasks: A Room Evacuation may be the result of a fire, earthquake, or any other event which requires leaving a building. If an earthquake occurs, the room evacuation will be preceded by the duck, cover, and hold procedure. A Campus Evacuation will occur if the campus is deemed unsafe and uninhabitable by civil authority or by administration. This will usually be the result of an earthquake, extensive campus fire, range fire, aircraft disaster, chemical threat, or local police action. A Lock Down procedure will occur if a threat occurs on campus or in the local neighborhood which requires students to be taken indoors where it is less likely that they will be injured. This will usually be the result of an attack by an armed person on campus or gun shots fired on campus (or in the nearby neighborhood). COMMUNICATION DURING AN EMERGENCY The school alarm system will be utilized to notify every one of room evacuations and lock downs. Campus evacuations will be initiated by verbal commands from principals on the field after a room evacuation has occurred. All other commands will be delivered verbally by administration. Emergency Task Room Evacuation Campus Evacuation Alarm (Notification) Long, steady buzzer Verbal by administration via phone Lock Down Repeated short bursts of buzzer The All Clear alarm for all drills will be given verbally from the command post by phone.

6 6 CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM The crisis response team is designated to react to any school emergency. These people are the first to respond to a crisis. The team members are to assist teachers, administrators, students, and staff in a crisis situation. Team Members: District Superintendent High School Principal Facilities Management Supervisor School Nurse Dean of Students High School Secretary Counselor Resource Officer Elementary School Principal Senior Teacher Elementary Speech Language Pathologist Off Campus Counselors and Organizations: Counselors: Mid-South Health Systems Organizations: Red Cross

7 7 PLAN IMPLEMENTATION/EVALUATION To implement the emergency response plan with integrity a timeline is established: Training for all personnel Drill for all Personnel Training for Students Drill for ALL Evaluation/Adjustment of Plan Training of Adjustments Drill for ALL Summer in-service August before School Resumes August after School Resumes October November January February Training will be carried out by the crisis response team at the summer in-service. We will use the plan as written and train all personnel using outside resources such as information from the Red Cross, local civil authorities and government resources such as FEMA. An evaluation will be carried out after each drill to determine the effectiveness of the plan as implemented. If any adjustment needs to be made a new training will be implemented to address those changes. Fine tuning will be carried out until the plan runs smoothly and with integrity. The evaluation will be carried out by the superintendent to ensure integrity of the plan. Evaluation procedures will address timing of response, personnel in the appropriate place at the appropriate time, students in the appropriate places at appropriate times.

8 8 FIRST AID PERSONNEL All high school and elementary school staff will have first aid, CPR, and AED training to be accomplished as an in-service activity.

9 9 Teacher Responsibilities: EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: (CLASSROOMS) 1. Use call button in classroom to call office, take appropriate action(s) to ensure the safety of the students in the classroom. 2. Identify if the nurse is required, or if 911 should be contacted. Secretary Responsibilities: 1. Call nurse or 911 as needed. 2. Contact principal and crisis response team leader. Principal Responsibilities: 1. Report emergency situation. 2. Assist in securing the safety of students. 3. Report situation to superintendent. 4. Coordinate with hospital/emergency personnel. 5. Inform parents/guardians of situation.

10 10 EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: (OUTSIDE CLASSROOMS) Teacher/Paraprofessional Responsibilities: 1. Call office. 2. Determine if nurse or 911 is required. 3. Give location of incident. 4. After emergency procedures have been implemented, complete incident form. Secretary Responsibilities: 1. Call nurse or 911 as required. 2. Call building administrator/facilities manager. 3. Give specific location of incident. 4. Get emergency medical information for emergency personnel (books with names, addresses, parents/guardians, emergency numbers, doctor, hospital etc.) 5. Contact counselor as needed. Principal Responsibilities: 1. Proceed to the scene of the incident, stay in contact with superintendent. 2. Go to hospital as needed. 3. Notify parent/guardian of incident.

11 11 EVACUATION PROCEDURES To protect all occupants of each building on campus, it is imperative that everyone is educated and understands what to do in case of a fire, bomb threat, or other type of disaster that would require the evacuation of the buildings. Procedures: 1. Everyone clear the building immediately. 2. Appoint one student from each class to check if everyone is clear from the classroom/area and close the door after clearing the area. 3. Exit according to each building s exit procedures. 4. Move to the designated evacuation area as far from buildings as possible. 5. Teachers take grade book and emergency kit. 6. Teachers take roll and report any missing students to building principal. 7. An all clear signal will be given by the principal to return to the building after all areas have been cleared. 8. Should an exit be blocked then the nearest exit should be used.

12 12 BUILDING EVACUATION PLAN The principal will post and update a building evacuation plan for each building annually. The plan will include procedures for fire, bomb threat or explosion, loss of structural integrity, hazardous material or any other situation warranting building evacuation. Emergency Evacuation Procedures: 1. Staff and students will proceed to designated evacuation area. 2. Teacher will accompany students and remain with them. 3. Teacher will call roll to identify any missing students. 4. Teacher will report missing students to principal. 5. Unaccompanied students will report to nearest teacher. Teacher will inform administrator of additional students. 6. Secretaries will take sign-out sheet for off-campus student release.

13 13 ASSAULT OF A STUDENT Definition: Physical assault is any intentional act of hitting, pushing, scratching, biting, kicking, sexual assault, or any other physical contact engaged in, by, or directed toward another student, staff, or visitor to the facility, which results or intends to result in death, physical injury, or emotional damage. Prevention procedures: Social skills training to teach conflict management. Emergency procedures: 1. The principal will notify law enforcement by calling The principal will notify the victim s parents. 3. The initial responder will provide first aid if injuries are noted. 4. The principal will protect the victim s identity. 5. The school counselor will provide counseling for the victim and refer for outside counseling if needed. 6. If the alleged assailant is a student the principal will notify the assailant s parents/guardians for a conference. 7. The principal will follow district policy and due process procedures regarding disciplinary actions, and student taken into police custody. 8. The principal will notify the superintendent. 9. The principal will prepare documentation of actions taken and decisions made regarding the incident. 10. Law enforcement, youth court and parents of victim and assailant must be informed.

14 14 BOMB THREAT Procedures: Upon receiving a bomb threat, the person who received the call will make every attempt to: 1. Extend the conversation. 2. Identify any background noises and any identifying vocal characteristics. 3. Ask the caller for a specifics about the bomb, including type, location and time it is due to explode. After receipt of the bomb threat, hang up and dial *57. You will get a recording letting you know if the trace was successful. If it was successful, dial and inform the authorities. Note the line on which the call was received. The person receiving the call will call 911 and then let the building administrator know of the threat. Administrator Responsibilities: 1. Notify superintendent. 2. Have secretary notify other administrators. 3. Sound evacuation alarm. 4. Check list of absentees. 5. Meet with fire/police/search team to determine procedure for clearing building. 6. If a written threat, protect the message to preserve fingerprints and other identifying marks/materials. Place in plastic bag to preserve evidence. Teacher Responsibilities: 1. Evacuate building to designated areas. 2. Take grade book and emergency kit. 3. Take roll and report any missing students to principal.

15 15 BOMB THREAT CHECKLIST Date: Time: Do Not Hang Up. Use another phone to notify police. Record the exact words the caller used: Ask: What time is the bomb set to explode? Where is the bomb? What does the bomb look like? Why are you doing this? Who are you? Evaluate the caller s voice: Man Woman Child Accent Speech Impediment Intoxicated Age (approx.) Other identifying information Background noise: Music Children Typing Airplanes Conversation Machine Noise Traffic Other Person receiving threat will notify 911 and principal immediately.

16 16 INTRUDER ON CAMPUS/WEAPONS THREAT Prevention Procedures: As any intruder could pose the danger of a weapon threat this section will treat intruder danger as a possible weapon threat as well. Prevention will include controlled access to any campus buildings, all lock being functional at all times, and identification of all staff and any visitors at all times. In the event that an intruder is able to circumvent our prevention procedures the first person to notice an intruder will: 1. Notify the building administrator. 2. Give exact location of suspected intruder. 3. Give intruder s gender. 4. Note any distinguishing physical characteristics. 5. Describe clothing. 6. Note any other specifics about the suspect. Administrator Responsibilities: 1. Announce lock-down. (Take cover lock-down procedures now in place). 2. Notify secretary to call other administrators and personnel. Secretary Responsibilities: 1. Notify other administrators. 2. Call Notify facilities management to enforce district code for intruders. Teacher Responsibilities: 1. After hearing code, locate any student in hallway bring to nearest classroom. 2. Lock classroom door. 3. Turn off lights. 4. Move students from easy view of doors or windows. 5. Take roll and report any missing students via intercom. (DO NOT LEAVE CLASSROOM FOR ANY REASON) 6. Keep emergency kit close and ready. 7. Focus on classroom not on what is going on outside the classroom. 8. REMAIN CALM, until building has been cleared by police or administrator.

17 17 SEVERE WEATHER As severe weather can often not be predicted, prevention is not possible. But procedures are established for the protection of all occupants of all campus buildings in the event of severe weather. Principal Responsibilities: 1. Stay in touch with superintendent, regarding weather reports. 2. Activate weather alarm 3. Appoint personnel for student sign-out station. 4. Check student shelter area. 5. Encourage ALL students, teachers, and staff to remain calm. 6. Assess any injuries, notify emergency personnel, report any injuries to superintendent. 7. Give all clear signal to return to class after danger has passed. Teacher Responsibilities: 1. Move all students to safe room location if possible. 2. Take grade book and emergency kit. 3. Take roll and report any missing students. 4. Keep calm and try to reassure students. Student Responsibilities: 1. Stay calm. 2. Be seated in safe room and cover head.

18 18 Bullying/Fighting Prevention Procedure: BULLYING AND FIGHTING 1. All school personnel, including bus drivers, coaches, and after-school supervisors will be trained to recognize bullying and aggressive behavior and to enforce consequences. 2. At the beginning of each year assembly, the school counseling team will organize a presentation for all faculty, staff, and students regarding bullying. The school district code of conduct will be presented and explained to reinforce the definition of and consequences for unacceptable behavior related to bullying and aggression. 3. All faculty and staff will consistently enforce school policies regarding bullying and aggression. 4. Adult supervision will be increased in areas where bullying and aggression are prevalent, such as hallways, stairwells, cafeterias, and locker rooms. 5. All students will be encouraged to report unacceptable behavior when no adults are present at the time of an incident. 6. All bullying behavior will reported to the school counselor, who will log each incident. 7. After a student has been reported for bullying three times, the school counselor will notify the guardian of the student to ask for their support in bullying prevention. Fighting Procedure: 1. The first responding faculty or staff member will immediately call the school resource officer. 2. The faculty or staff member will NOT physically insert him or herself into the fight. Instead, the adult will identify him or herself and instruct the students to break up their fight. 3. If students are still fighting when the school resource officer arrives, he or she will break up the fight. 4. The school resource officer will escort students to the principal s office for discipline. 5. Any student who engages in fighting will be disciplined for disorderly conduct. In extreme cases, the school may recommend that battery charges be filed. 6. School administrators will judge whether a student s participation in a fight is voluntary or in self-defense. 7. A lesser punishment will be issued to participants in fights acting in self-defense.

19 19 DEATH/SUICIDE/SUICIDE ATTEMPT OF STUDENT OR FACULTY MEMBER OUTSIDE SCHOOL PROPERTY Suicide Prevention Procedure: At Hillcrest School District, we believe that suicide is 100% preventable. 1. At the beginning of each year assembly, the school counseling team will organize a presentation for all faculty, staff, and students regarding suicide risk factors and warning signs. 2. At the close of the assembly, all attendees will receive an informational brochure with contact information for the suicide hotline and other community resources. 3. Faculty and staff will alert the school counselor if they observe any of the following warning signs in students: a. Direct or indirect statements threatening suicide b. Suicide notes and/or plans c. Making final arrangements such as giving away prized possessions d. Preoccupation with death e. Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings 4. The school counselor will immediately meet with the student to: a. Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide b. Express concern for the student s wellbeing c. Provide suicide hotline information 5. If the school counselor determines that the student is at risk for suicide, he or she will: a. Provide constant supervision, NOT leaving the youth alone b. Remove means for self-harm c. Alert the parent to the risk of suicide d. Provide information for a local counseling center Emergency Procedure: 1. In order to reduce the risk of faculty arriving at school uninformed, the principal will use the emergency chain phone calling system to inform all faculty and staff members as well as scheduled substitute teachers of the tragedy and schedule an early morning meeting. At the meeting, the principal will: a. Informed faculty and staff of details of the incident. b. Ask that faculty and staff members share details with students as needed in order to dispel rumors that may crop up during the day. c. Announce any special scheduling information for the day. d. Announce the location of the special crisis counseling center to teachers so that they can refer students as needed. 2. After beginning the emergency chain phone call, the principal will contact the school district s counseling team and ask that they be available on campus throughout the next day for assistance. 3. In case of death, the principal will then contact the school security officer to remove and protect the personal belongings of the deceased, which will later be returned to the family.

20 20 4. At the end of the day, the school counseling team will facilitate a debriefing meeting for faculty and staff in order to evaluate the day s procedures and to identify further concerns. Classroom Procedure: 1. At the beginning of the first class period of the day, the principal will announce the incident, the known facts of the incident, and if applicable, the funeral arrangement information, either over the intercom or at a schoolwide assembly. 2. Teachers will follow the announcement with additional information as needed according to the reaction of the students in their classrooms. 3. Faculty and staff members will remain as calm as possible and serve as a source of strength for students. Do not feel compelled to do or say too much; rather, serve as an empathetic listener to students. Do NOT attempt to explain why a person dies or commits suicide. 4. In the case of a suicide, remind students that if they ever find themselves feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or depressed, they should bring their concerns to you or another adult that they trust. 5. Correct rumors when you hear them. 6. Refer all rumors to the principal so that they can be addressed in the debriefing session. 7. Allow students time in class to express their reactions, feelings, and concerns openly in the classroom. Each student will grieve differently; ALL reactions should be affirmed by you as a teacher. 8. Refer any student who appears to have difficulty coping with the incident to the counseling team. 9. Return to your regular classroom schedule as soon as possible. Classrooms should not function as group therapy sessions or recreational times. Days Following a Death/Suicide Procedure: Teachers will remain on the lookout for students who seem to show signs of depression related to the recent incident. Teachers will refer these students to the school counselor. The counselor will contact the parents of the affected student and invite them to a special meeting for instruction regarding helping their child understand and cope with the tragedy. The counselor will also discuss warning signs that could suggest further difficulty for their child as well as community resources for help with grief. Media Coverage Procedure: The superintendent will be the official spokesperson for the district. All staff members should refer applicable news to the superintendent or his designee.

21 21 In order to ensure that coverage of the incident is accurate, the superintendent s assistant will confirm details with the family in order to avoid misinformation. Student interviews will NOT be allowed without the guardian s written permission. DEATH/SUICIDE/SUICIDE ATTEMPT OF STUDENT OR FACULTY MEMBER ON SCHOOL PROPERTY Suicide Prevention Procedure: At Hillcrest School District, we believe that suicide is 100% preventable. 1. At the beginning of each year assembly, the school counseling team will organize a presentation for all faculty, staff, and students regarding suicide risk factors and warning signs. 2. At the close of the assembly, all attendees will receive an informational brochure with contact information for the suicide hotline and other community resources. 3. Faculty and staff will alert the school counselor if they observe any of the following warning signs in students: a. Direct or indirect statements threatening suicide b. Suicide notes and/or plans c. Making final arrangements such as giving away prized possessions d. Preoccupation with death e. Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings 4. The school counselor will immediately meet with the student to: a. Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide b. Express concern for the student s wellbeing c. Provide suicide hotline information 5. If the school counselor determines that the student is at risk for suicide, he or she will: a. Provide constant supervision, NOT leaving the youth alone b. Remove means for self-harm c. Alert the parent to the risk of suicide d. Provide information for a local counseling center Emergency Procedure: 1. The first responding faculty or staff member will call 911 and inform them of the death or suicide attempt on school property. The individual will remain on the line with 911 until instructed to disconnect by the 911 operator. 2. All available faculty or staff members will evacuate the immediate area, segregate witnesses, and protect the scene of the event. 3. The principal will be notified as soon as a death or suicide attempt occurs and will document all information as it becomes available.

22 22 4. The principal will notify the superintendent s office, who will immediately notify the proper human resources, including the school district counseling team. 5. The principal will appoint a school liaison to notify the affected person s next of kin. 6. In case of death, the principal will then contact the school security officer to remove and protect the personal belongings of the deceased, which will later be returned to the family. 7. The superintendent will control media coverage and will therefore be responsible for controlling the release of all information concerning the death or suicide attempt. 8. The principal will announce the death or suicide attempt, the known facts of the event, and if applicable, the funeral arrangement information, either over the intercom or at a schoolwide assembly. 9. Teachers will follow the announcement with additional information as needed according to the reaction of the students in their respective classrooms. 10. Faculty and staff will dispel rumors and refer all rumors to the principal so that they can be addressed in the debriefing session. 11. At the end of the day, the school counseling team will facilitate a debriefing meeting for faculty and staff in order to evaluate the day s procedures and to identify further concerns. Days Following a Death/Suicide Procedure: Teachers will remain on the lookout for students who seem to show signs of depression related to the recent death/suicide. Teachers will refer these students to the school counselor. The counselor will contact the parents of the affected student and invite them to a special meeting for instruction regarding helping their child understand and cope with the death. The counselor will also discuss warning signs that could suggest further difficulty for their child as well as community resources for help with grief. Media Coverage Procedure: The superintendent will be the official spokesperson for the district. All staff members should refer applicable news to the superintendent or his designee. In order to ensure that coverage of the incident is accurate, the superintendent s assistant will confirm details with the family in order to avoid misinformation. Student interviews will NOT be allowed without the guardian s written permission.

23 23 FIRE OR EXPLOSION Note: The principal will be responsible for conducting one fire drill each quarter. Fire or Explosion Procedure: 1. The first adult to observe a fire or explosion will immediately sound the fire alarm, which will implement the fire drill evacuation procedure. 2. After sounding the fire alarm, call 911 and inform the operator of the emergency. Stay on the line until the operator instructs you to disconnect. 3. Evacuate immediately through the nearest safe exit: a. Students and staff will move to assigned evacuation locations. b. Teachers will follow students out. c. Administrative assistants will take enrollment cards and sign-out sheets for off-site student release. d. Once each class has arrived at their assigned evacuation location, each teacher will call roll to determine whether any students are missing. e. Teachers will report missing students to the principal. f. Unattached students will report to the nearest teacher. g. Teachers responsible for unattached students will report their presence to the principal. h. The principal will notify the central office of any students who remain missing after unattached students are reported. 4. Ensure that anyone in need of first aid receives treatment. 5. No one will return into the building until the fire department has declared it safe. 6. Following an incident of fire or explosion, the principal will hold a faculty and staff meeting to evaluate the procedure observed and note any concerns concerning future incidents.

24 24 MEDICAL EMERGENCY Medical emergencies cannot be prevented therefore the following procedures are in place in order to deal with the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Medical Procedure: 1. The attending staff member will assess the nature and extent of the condition. Procedure for Non-Life Threatening Conditions: 2. The staff member will contact the school nurse and if needed the principal. 3. The school nurse or the principal will contact the parents or designated contact person. 4. The staff member will continue to provide care for the patient until the nurse or parents arrive. Procedure for Life Threatening Conditions: 1. The staff member will call 911, the school nurse, and the principal. 2. The staff member or the principal will contact the parents or designated contact person. 3. First aid responders will initiate prompt first aid/medical services with the following: a. Check for airway blockage, breathing, etc. b. Control severe bleeding, treat for shock if necessary. c. Check for poisoning or ingestion of chemicals. d. Provide CPR/first aid as necessary until medical services arrive at the scene. 2. School personnel will remove any unnecessary people from the site. 3. School personnel will meet emergency medical personnel for faster access to patient. 4. The principal will notify the superintendent s office and the crisis response team (if needed). 5. The superintendent will prepare statement for the media (if needed). 6. The principal will document actions and decisions concerning the incident.

25 25 ABDUCTION / MISSING PERSON Prevention Procedures: An abduction is when a person unlawfully and without consent removes another person from school property, a school bus, or from a school activity. Since abduction would most likely occur at the hands of an intruder on campus during the school day, we will use the prevention procedure for an intruder. Prevention will include controlled access to any campus buildings, all lock being functional at all times, and identification of all staff and any visitors at all times. In the event that an intruder is able to circumvent our prevention procedures the first person to notice an intruder will: 1. Notify the building administrator. 2. Give exact location of suspected intruder. 3. Give intruder s gender. 4. Note any distinguishing physical characteristics. 5. Describe clothing. 6. Note any other specifics about the suspect. Abduction Procedure: 1. Contact parents or designated contact person and principal. 2. The principal will notify the superintendent and the crisis response team. 3. Give the crisis team and all school personnel the description of the missing person. 4. Crisis team will organize search. 5. Crisis team will organize interviews of school personnel and students who last saw the missing person. 6. Call The principal will safeguard siblings at any/or all schools. 8. The principal and crisis team will secure the area (if known) to prevent contamination of site evidence. 9. The principal and crisis team will assist law enforcement (have a copy of the student s file and pictures, if available). Days Following an Abduction Procedure: 1. The principal will meet with faculty, if possible. Advise teachers about sharing information with students. 2. A member of the crisis team will visit missing child s classroom. 3. The crisis team or the school counselor will provide counseling when necessary. 4. The superintendent will prepare statement for the media. 5. Teachers will prepare classmates to be supportive when the child is returned. 6. The school counselor will provide follow-up counseling as needed.

26 7. The principal will document actions and decisions concerning abduction incident. 26

27 27 BUS / VEHICLE ACCIDENT The principal or crisis response team member(s) should go to the scene of any bus or vehicle accident involving students or staff traveling to or from school or on a school function (i.e. field trips, sporting events, etc.). Bus or Vehicle Accident Procedure: 1. Call The driver, if able, should call the principal or the school. 3. The principal will contact the superintendent and the director of transportation. 4. The principal or crisis team should go the scene of the accident and go to the hospital with injured person(s) if needed. 5. The principal or crisis response team should notify any parents or designated contacts of injured people and tell them of hospital location, etc. 6. The crisis team or the school counselor will provide counseling when necessary. 7. The superintendent should prepare a statement for the media.

28 28 EARTHQUAKES Because earthquakes can strike without warning, it is very important to respond quickly by taking the best available cover. All other actions must wait until the earthquake is over. Earthquake Procedures: 1. Drop and take cover under a desk or table and face away from the windows. Move away from any bookshelves if possible. 2. If no desks or tables are available sit with back to the wall, place head close to knees, cover sides of head with elbows and clasp hands firmly behind the neck. 3. If you are outside the building move to an open space away from the buildings, power lines, or trees. Take a position protecting the head. 4. If you are on a school bus the bus driver will stop bus away from power lines, bridges, overpasses, and buildings. Remain in bus seats and hold on. 5. Remain in the sheltered position for at least 60 seconds. 6. Check for injuries. 7. Call roll, report any missing persons to the principal or crisis response team. 8. Evacuate the building, area, or bus when the signal is given (one long bell). Earthquake Evacuation Procedures: 1. The principal should signal for evacuation. 2. Walk quietly to the evacuation site, 100 feet or more from buildings. 3. Stay away from power lines, gas supply areas, and buildings. 4. Ensure that anyone in need of first aid receives treatment. 5. Teachers and staff should stay with students and wait for further instructions from principal or crisis response team. 6. Principal and crisis response team should assess damage and determine next steps. 7. No one will return into the building until it is declared to be safe.

29 29 FACILITIES FAILURE Facilities can include the physical buildings on the school campus, as well as the materials and utilities required to operate those facilities. This can include electricity, water, gas, chemicals, etc. Facilities Procedures: 1. Report any facilities failures immediately to the principal or crisis response team. 2. If there is no danger, the principal and crisis team will assess the damage to determine if school can continue. 3. If there is danger of fire, evacuate the building immediately and call 911. Facilities Evacuation Procedures: 1. The principal should signal for evacuation. 2. Walk quietly to the evacuation site, 100 feet or more from buildings. 3. Stay away from power lines, gas supply areas, and buildings. 4. Ensure that anyone in need of first aid receives treatment. 5. Teachers and staff should stay with students and wait for further instructions from principal or crisis team. 6. Principal and crisis team should assess damage and determine next steps. 7. No one will return into the building until it is declared to be safe.

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