The safety of students and staff members is of the highest priority in any educational program. An emergency is any event at school or in the community that significantly causes a disruption in the educational process.
Emergency situations cannot always be prevented. Our educational communities are vulnerable to natural disasters as well as the other types of crises that exist in our society at this time. However, all efforts must be made to prevent crisis and minimize the potential for physical and psychological trauma when they occur.
This goal can only be achieved through careful study, planning, and preparation. The truly effective way to deal with a crisis is to be prepared for it. Our hope is that this plan will provide the effective communication between students, staff, parents, and the community in an effort to deal with emergency situations so that the negative impact of the crisis is limited. This document is an emergency plan for St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School.
Responsibilities in an Emergency
Because most disasters strike without warning, it is important that as many preparations as possible be made ahead of time. The purpose of these preparations is to enable all persons connected with the school to react quickly and calmly to ensure the safety and the well-being of each student and staff member. The following is a list of responsibilities for key personnel in mitigating hazards, preparing for emergencies, and responding to emergencies.
1. Assume overall direction of emergency procedures.
2. Post fire drill and emergency instructions in all rooms.
3. Conduct fire, tornado, and earthquake drills on a regular basis.
4. Set up means to account for and provide for the safety of each student and staffmember.
5. Instruct all staff members as to their duties.
6. Inform parents of school’s disaster plans.
7. Update, revise, and submit the school disaster plan to the School Board.
8. Notify the pastor and the Catholic Education Center of emergency situations.
9. Contact the Catholic Education Center for direction in regard to accessing the services of a crisis response team if counseling is deemed necessary.
1. Provide for the supervision and care for students in their charge.
2. Know disaster procedures.
3. Instruct students on procedures.
4. Have easy access to class list and disaster plan book.
5. Take roll when class relocates in an outside or inside shelter area.
6. Report missing students/serious injuries to administrator.
7. Know your Buddy Teachers.
SECRETARY AND AUXILIARY TEACHERS
1. Report fire or disaster to appropriate authority.
2. Assist administration as needed.
3. Include in disaster kit:
a. Class rosters
b. Student release forms
4. Check off names of students dismissed. Secure signature(s) of person they are released to and time of release.
5. Monitor telephones and radio emergency broadcasts, assist school nurse, as needed, and act as messenger and carrier when directed.
1. Have emergency cards in readily available place.
2. Organize first aid kits for first aid stations.
3. Administer first aid.
4. Supervise administration of first aid/CPR.
5. Identify student/staff to be transported to the hospital by standard or alternate routes.
Direct the use and preparation of cafeteria stock and water supply whenever the feeding of students becomes necessary during a disaster.
1. See that all emergency equipment/supplies are in usable condition at all times.
2. Shut off utilities if necessary.
3. Survey and report damage to administrator.
4. Direct fire fighting efforts until regular fire fighting personnel take over.
5. Coordinate clean-up procedures immediately following the emergency.
1. Be familiar with school emergency procedures.
2. Move quietly in order to hear instructions given.
3. Follow all instructions.
4. Know and use safest and most direct route to and from school.
5. Know who is responsible for their safety if parents are unavailable.
1. Completely and accurately fill out School Emergency Card. Any changes should be reported immediately.
2. Instruct your children on emergency procedures that may occur enroute to and from school.
3. Be aware of support and reinforce emergency procedure information your child receives at school.
4. Do not expect students to be dismissed from school unless a parent (or individual designated by a parent) comes for him/her.
5. Sign out students at the office or at a Temporary Student Release Station.
6. Do not phone the school. We must have the lines open for emergency calls.