Parent Emergency Guide
Be Prepared for a School Emergency
- Ensure that your child’s emergency contact information is accurate and current including email and cell phone numbers.
- Become familiar with your schools’ emergency communication procedures (See Communication Procedures section below).
In Case of a School Emergency
Although your first reaction would be to call or rush to your child’s school, please follow the tips listed below:
- DO NOT call or rush to your child’s school. Phone lines and staff are needed for emergency response efforts.
- DO NOT phone your child. Staff and students are discouraged from using cell phone communication for safety reasons.
- Tune in to local media for news and alerts.
- Check the school’s website.
- Rely only on official communication from school or public safety officials.
- Listen for official information regarding reunification with your child.
Emergency Terms and Procedures
Evacuation: is used to move students and staff out of the building to an appropriate evacuation assembly point by a pre-designated route (if usable) to avoid a potentially threatening situation that involves the entire building.
Shelter-In-Place: should be used to protect school occupants from external threats such as high winds/tornado, some chemical, biological, or radiological releases and other natural and man-made threats.
Duck, Cover & Hold: is used when a threat exists on the exterior of the school and school occupants are at risk of being harmed by the threat such as earthquakes.
A Lockdown (Code Red) consists of moving all students inside and out of exterior buildings and portables on the site and into the school, securing all entrances, and denying access to any unauthorized persons.
Evacuate Site: Move students immediately to the alternative location which is the Walgreen’s parking lot located at 3521 Del Paso Road, Sacramento, California 95834.
Parent Communication Procedures
If there is an emergency on campus, communication will come to your phone and email via a ConnectEd message with up-to-date information regarding pick-up procedures and locations.
How Can I Be Reunited with My Child?
Student Release is the process of reuniting students with their parent, guardian, or other person listed on their emergency contact list. Student release is conducted after an emergency disrupts the normal dismissal process and regular dismissal procedures cannot be followed.
Parents/guardians will be directed by school or public safety officials via TV/radio/Connect-Ed to their child’s specific location. Students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians or other designated individuals who are documented as emergency contacts and who present a picture ID such as a driver’s license, military ID, Permanent Resident ID card, or passport. The reunification process can be time consuming, so parents are urged to be patient.