Emergency Response Directions
Dear Fireside Parents:
The safety and security of our students is our highest priority. Our school and the school district regularly plan and practice to ensure we are prepared for emergencies. This letter will inform you of some of the procedures we will follow to protect our students during an emergency.
What happens during an emergency?
During an emergency school administrators will secure the campus in what is called a lockdown. Classroom doors are locked, gates to the campus are closed and locked, and no one is permitted to enter or exit the campus until school administrators give the all-clear signal. If there is immediate danger, teachers will stop lessons, close window blinds, turn off lights and direct students to the most secure area of the classroom or building. School personnel work closely with public safety officials during emergencies.
How are students released to parents in an emergency?
In the event of any immediate danger to health and safety, public safety officials may direct the school to keep students on campus, even after school hours, until the all-clear signal is given. Please follow the direction of school staff regarding the procedures to pick up your child safely.
If such an emergency occurs, students will be released only to an adult with identification who has been identified as a parent, guardian or emergency contact on your student’s Emergency Card. It is important that you complete this card at the beginning of every school year and update it as needed.
The school district is prepared to provide food, water and the medications listed on your child’s School Year Medication Record to your child if we are directed to hold students on campus.
What to do if your child is kept on campus during an emergency.
To keep phone lines free for emergency use, do not call the school. Information will be provided on the Fireside website, the PVSchools.net website, by telephone dialers, email or text message, and through the news media. This will include information on when and where to pick up your student.
If you speak with your student on a cell phone remind them of the importance of following the directions of their teachers and public safety officials.
I strongly encourage you to check and update your student’s Emergency Card and School Year Medication Record with a list of authorized contacts, health conditions and medications needed.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about our emergency plans or procedures.
Principal, Fireside Elementary