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FOR ALL EMERGENCIES:

  1. Remain calm and inform the principal's office (203-977-4227)
  2. Principal will call 911
  3. Principal will call Central Office at 203-977-5440/4567

Emergency Situations and Procedures

Medical Emergency

IF SOMEONE BECOMES ILL OR IS INJURED

Notify the principal's office immediately

Do not attempt to move a person who is ill or injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury

Unless certified to provide first aid, do not attempt to render any first aid before trained assistance arrives

Use personal protective equipment (gloves) when exposing yourself to bodily fluids (e.g. blood, vomit, etc.)

Comfort the victim and reassure them that medical attention is on the way

If necessary, implement appropriate emergency procedure (e.g. evacuation - classroom/area) to ensure that students are not exposed to trauma or danger

Remain calm and reassure students that all possible actions are being taken to care for the injured or ill person and to protect others

After the victim's immediate needs have been taken care of, remain to assist medical services with pertinent information about the incident

Preserve the scene in the event the medical emergency will require an investigation by school or police officials

Rejoin your students as soon as possible. Take your student roster with you and account for all students once you have reached the designated area
Immediately notify the school administrator in charge of any missing students

 

Fire/Explosion

IF YOU DISCOVER FIRE OR SMOKE

REMEMBER: R.A.C.E.

Rescue: Remove anyone from immediate danger

Alarm: Notify the office of the fire situation and activate the nearest emergency pull station

Contain: Close all doors to confine the smoke and fire

Evacuate: Unless otherwise directed, follow the evacuation plan and proceed to the designated safe area outside the building

 

RESPONSE TO AUDIBLE FIRE ALARMS:

Remain calm, evacuate and stay with your students

Remember to take your class roster with you to the designated evacuation area

Once you have reached the designated area, account for all students and report any missing students to the principal

Only return to the building when directed by the principal

 

IF YOU CATCH ON FIRE

DO NOT RUN!!!!!

STOP where you are,

DROP to the ground, and

ROLL over and over to smother flames

 

EXPLOSION

Be prepared to evacuate or shelter-in-place

Be prepared for further explosions

If evacuation is ordered, proceed to the designated assembly area

Open doors carefully and watch for falling objects

Report any missing students to the principal

 


IF YOU ARE TRAPPED IN YOUR OFFICE/CLASSROOM:

Wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out the smoke

Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire

Use the telephone/cell phone to notify 911 of your problem and location

If you are trapped in an area and need fresh air, only break the window as a last resort, and use caution when breaking the window

 

Assault

IF AN ASSAULT OCCURS:

Remain in a safe position and issue commands to stop the fighting

Try and call for assistance of a nearby teacher or other adult

Move the victim to a private office / area. Ensure the victim is in a safe place, and assist in making them comfortable

Do not leave the victim alone

Report the assault to the principal's office immediately

Be prepared to give as much of the following information as possible to the school administration and the police/security

Your name
Your location
What happened
Victim's name
Victim's age
Location of victim
Description of the assailant
Location of the assailant or direction of their escape

If the victim requires medical attention, call the school nurse (if one isn't available, call employee certified in first aid)

Remain calm and reassure students that all possible actions are being taken to care for the injured person and to protect others

 

Lockdown

LOCKDOWN:

Safety Plan discussion available upon request from administration.

 

 

Emergency Situations and Procedures

Weapons On School Grounds

REPORT OF A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Should someone observe a gun or other weapon, instruct them NOT TO TOUCH IT

NOTIFY THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE IMMEDIATELY

Secure the scene until the appropriate perosnnel arrive to retrieve the weapon

Ensure student and staff safety by moving everyone to a safe location and away from the weapon or the person with the weapon

If necessary, implement the appropriate emergency procedure (e.g. building lockdown, room lockdown) to ensure that students are not exposed to danger

If the report is a rumor, it must be reported to the principal's office for investigation


TEACHER OBSERVES A WEAPON:

Seek assistance from security or another staff member in reporting the incident. If it is safe to do so, send a sealed message to the office with a trusted student that includes:
Your name and location
The name/description of the suspect
Any information regarding the weapon's location and type

Discreetly call the office if the individual is not present

IN ALL CASES - USE EXTREME CAUTION.  DO NOT CONFRONT THE SUSPECT

 

Suicide Ideation Or Attempt

SUICIDE ATTEMPT OR THREAT

If a student/staff member expresses suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide:

Remain calm. Be supportive and refrain from making any judgemental or moralizing comments

Notify the principal's office immediately and indicate if medical attention is needed

The student/staff member requires supervision at all times
Remain with the suicidal person until help arrives
Stay engaged with the person through active listening
If needed, enlist assistance from additional staff until administration arrives

If weapons, medication or other items were used to attempt suicide, secure them if safe to do so

If you hear that a student/staff member has made suicidal threats, report the situation immediately to your principal's office even if you are unsure of the seriousness of the threat. You are not responsible for conducting a threat assessment

***Suicidal thoughts may be expressed directly or indirectly. They can include verbal statements, writings, and/or drawings

 

 

Evacuation

EVACUATION - CLASSROOM/BUILDING

Evacuation of a classroom or area may be issued by the teacher, supervising adult, or principal. The purpose is to move students away from potentially threatening situations that do not require full building evacuation

Evacuation of a building is used to move students and staff out of the building by a pre-designated route (if usable) to avoid a potentially threatening situation(s) that involves the entire building

Evacuation of the building may be issued by the principal or local public safety agencies


EVACUATION PROCEDURES:

Remain calm and stay with your students

If the situation permits, notify the office of the situation and confer with the office to determine an appropriate evacuation area

Tell students to go immediately, in a clam and orderly manner, to the agreed-upon designated area

Remember to take your class roster with you

Consider individuals with disabilities that may need assistance evacuationg

Evacuate the building immediately, in a calm manner, using only the exit and directions provided

If your primary route is blocked or unusable, use your secondary route

Do not take personal items with you

Close doors behind you while exiting

Walk, do not run

Do not use the restrooms

Do not use the elevators

Once you have reached the designated area, count all students and immediately report any missing student to the principal

Stay with students, keeping them in a group

Remain in the designated evacuation assembly area until directed by the principal and an "All Clear" has been announced

 

Utility Failure/Power Outage

IF THERE IS A UTILITY FAILURE/POWER OUTAGE:

Notify the principal's office immediately of the type of utility outage (electrical, heating, cooling, water, etc.).

Stay calm and reassure the students.

If necessary, implement the appropriate emergency procedures (e.g. evacuation - classroom/area) to ensure that students are not exposed to danger.

Take attendance to ensure all students are accounted for: Immediately notify the principal or designee of any missing students.

Remain in place unless directed by the principal to relocate.

If you are moved to another area, conduct a student count once you arrive at the new location. Take student roster with you.

 

 

Emergency Situations and Procedures

Dealing With The Media

DEALING WITH THE MEDIA:

If you are approached by the media,direct them to the principal. The principal or acting school principal is the key spokesperson for the school

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act precludes school staff from disclosing a student's name, grade, or other personally identifying information.

The District legally cannot confirm a student's attendance at any specific school location.

 

News Media Personnel on School Grounds:

If any new media personnel are observed on school grounds, notify the principal immediately..

Lost/Missing Child

IF A STUDENT IS LOST OR MISSING:

Report the missing child to the principal's office.

Remain calm and immediately search the entire room for the child (e.g. closets, under desks, tables, etc.).

Furnnish a physical description and clothing information (age, height, weight, hair color, etc.

Advise the principal of any problems that are known to you regarding the child.

Ask other children if they know where the child may be.

If the child is missing at dismissal or from the bus, inform the transportation dispatcher to put out a notice to all buses.

Hazardous Materials Spills

IF A HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SPILL OCCURS:

Notify the principal's office immediately of the situation

Implement the appropriate emergency procedure (e.g. classroom evacuation) to ensure that students are not exposed to danger without spreading the contamination area if possible

Direct the students to go immediately, in a calm and orderly manner, to the agreed upon designated area

If possible, control access to the affected area by closing doors

Take your students roster with you and account for all students once you have reached the designated area.  Immediately notify the principal's office of any missing students

Check people involved for adverse medical symptoms (shortness of breath, vomiting, fainting, etc.) and request medical attention, if necessary

Remain in the designated area until directed by the principal

If you know what chemicals are involved please advise the principal

 

Bomb Threats/Suspicious Package

TELEPHONE THREATS:

Remain calm and don't hang up. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible, and listen carefully

Note the time of the call

Ask the caller the following questions:
Where is the bomb?
When will it explode?
What does it look like?
What kind of bomb is it?
What is the caller's name and motive for placing the bomb?
Are you an employee?
Are you a student?

Write down any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller, and voice pitches and patterns

 

WRITTEN OR EMAIL THREATS OR PACKAGES:

Remain clam and don't touch or approach a bomb or suspicious device

Do not use your mp3 player or cell phone within 100 ft. of the package

Notify the principal's office immediately

Do not attempt to move or open the package

Keep anyone from handling it or going near it

Evacuate the students out of the immediate area

Write down everything you remember about the letter or parcel

Save all packing materials

 


NOTIFICATION OF A BOMB THREAT

Remain calm and conduct a search of your area for any suspicious packages or unidentified backpacks. Never touch any package that is suspicious!! If you see something suspicious notify the principal's office

Follow evacuation directions from the principal's office

Avoid running and other movement, since this can detonate certain devices

Take your student roster with you and account for all students once you have reached the designated area. Immediately notify the principal of any missing students

 

Emergency Situations and Procedures