Providing for your child's safety when school is in session is a major responsibility of the school staff. All schools have a disaster plan for student safety. The principal and school staff are prepared to make prompt and responsible decisions in any situation that could threaten the safety of students.
The need to close a school and evacuate the students before the regularly scheduled closing time could arise from a relatively minor emergency to such situations as prolonged interruptions of power or from a major event such as fire, disastrous earthquake or severe storms. At times, communication and/or transportation may be disrupted.
In the event of a major event or disaster
- Information should be broadcast over local radio stations: KIRO AM (710), KIXI AM (880), KOMO AM (1000), KRKO AM (1380), KRPM AM (1090), KPLU FM (88.5), KLSY FM (92.5), KUBE FM (93.3), KMPS FM (94.1) KJR FM (95.7) or local television stations: KOMO 4, KING 5 and KIRO 7. Information should also be published on the district web page: www. edmonds.wednet.edu
- No student will be dismissed from school unless a parent or individual designated by the parent comes for the child.
- No child will be allowed to leave with another person, even a relative or babysitter unless we have written permission to that effect or that particular person is listed on the student's Emergency Release Authorization Form (P-139) in our files and is able to show identification.
- All parents or designated persons who come for students must sign students out at the school office or at the temporary student release station. Signs will be posted if this alternate location is required.
We are prepared to care for your child in emergency situations. If you are not able to reach the school, we will care for your child until you or a designated person arrives. We have a number of staff members with first-aid training and we will be in communication with local emergency services. We do ask your help in the following ways—
- Please do not call the school. We must have the telephone lines open for emergency calls.
- Do turn to the above radio or television stations or the district web page for information.
- Following an earthquake or other emergency, do not immediately drive to the school. The school access route and street entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles and/or may be cluttered with debris.
It is important that we prepare personally and in relationship to others in the school community as well as the broader community. During the year your child will practice the necessary emergency procedures. Students will learn how to react, where to assemble, and what to expect in an emergency situation. Education, knowledge and preparation are all part of keeping everyone safe.
While we do not expect to have a situation where children remain at school for prolonged periods of time, we want to be prepared for such an event. Please seriously consider providing us with a three day supply of any medications your child may need, in pharmacy labeled containers, in a closed and labeled ziplock baggie. This will be put into the classroom emergency evacuation backpack and returned to you at the end of the school year.
In the event the school has to be evacuated, your child will be moved to an alternative safe site for care. Information regarding evacuation will be posted at the school, and throughout all the media sources cited on the other side.
It is important that your contact information and that your child's emergency contact information is current. If you have changes for any of the following: emergency contact information, address, phone number or email, please call the office at 425-431-7595.
If you have questions regarding our school's plans for student safety, please contact our office at (425)431-7595.