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Brookvale School Safety Plan

District and Parent Responsibilities for Students


If the superintendent declares a District emergency during the school day, the following procedures will be followed:


Until regular dismissal time and released only then if it is considered safe, OR Until released         to an adult authorized by the parent or legal guardian whose name appears on district       records.

If students are on their way to school, they will be brought to school if they are being bussed,         or they should proceed to school if walking.

If students are on their way home from school, they are to continue home.

During a Declared Emergency, those students who have not been picked up by their parents or other authorized person may be taken by District personnel to another site where consolidated care facilities can be provided. This information will be given to the media stations and posted at the site to keep parents informed.


Parents and legal guardians of students will be provided with a Student Health/Emergency Form each year. In case of a Declared Emergency, students will be released ONLY to persons designated on this form. Parents are responsible for ensuring that information on the Student Health/Enrollment Form is current at all times.

Parents are asked to share with the schools the responsibility for informing students what they should do in case of a severe earthquake or other major emergency. Parents need to give specific directions to each student to follow the policy outlined above and to follow the directions of school personnel.

School authorities will do everything possible to care for each student while he/she is under district supervision.

It is critical that students do not have directions from parents that are contrary to the districts stated policy on retention at school and authorized release in case of a severe emergency.

WHAT PARENTS SHOULD DO during a drill or real emergency


Care for yourself and own home first.  Your child will be cared for until you come to get them or until you have been contacted.


If you are close to school, do not drive.  Remember that emergency vehicles could be delayed by a traffic

snarl.  Don't use the phone for anything except to report emergencies (i.e., police, fire, ambulance).

STEP 1: Go to the flag pole, near the office to seek release of your own child or a child whose

release form has your name listed as a release contact. The secretaries will verify your emergency card and provide you with a release form. Take the release form to station 2 (picnic tables).

STEP 2: Once you have obtained the release form, proceed to the picnic tables near the multipurpose room. Show your release form to the staff member. The teacher or staff member will contact the site principal to send that student to the MPR. When your child arrives, sign your child out on the release form and you may leave the premises. Your child will not be released until you sign the release form.

Be patient, this will take time.  The only other people who can take your child from school are those you list on the emergency release form. Therefore, it is very important to keep office release forms up-to-date.


Parents responsibility during a lockdown emergency or lock down drill:

A school may initiate a lockdown to assure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors at a school site.  Parents/Guardians will not have access to students and/or staff during a lockdown or lockdown drill.  Parents/Guardians are expected to cooperate with the directions of the public safety incident commander or site principal during such emergencies.  Parents shall wait by the flag pole for the lift of the lockdown by the incident commander then proceed to the office once the emergency or drill has been lifted.  Parents should not be near classrooms or walking around the campus during such emergencies. 


Emergency Response Procedures

Basic Actions

Most emergency responses are covered by the following Basic Actions:

A. Action: STAND BY

Action: STAND BY consists of bringing students into the classroom or holding them in the classroom pending further instruction.


LEAVE BUILDING consists of the orderly movement of students and staff from inside the school building to outside areas of safety or planned evacuation site.

Action: LEAVE BUILDING is appropriate for but not limited to the following emergencies:

  1. Fire

  2. Peacetime Bomb Threat

  3. Chemical Accident

  4. Explosion or Threat of an Explosion

  5. Following an Earthquake

  6. Other similar occurrences that might make the building uninhabitable

  7. At the onset of a Code Red/Lockdown Alert, when teacher/supervisor has ascertained that leaving is the best option.


Action: TAKE COVER consists of bringing/keeping students indoors if possible and sheltering in place as appropriate to the situation.

If outdoors, Action: TAKE COVER consists of hiding behind any solid object (large tree, engine block of car, cement wall), in the event  of a sniper attack, armed intruder, rabid animal, or moving immediately to a location which is upwind and uphill in the event of a chemical or biological threat

Action TAKE COVER is appropriate for, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Severe Windstorm (short warning)

  2. Biological or Chemical Threat

  3. Sniper Attack

  4. Rabid Animal on School Grounds


D. Action: DROP

WARNING: The warning for this type of emergency is the beginning of the disaster itself.

Action:  DROP consists of:

  1. Inside school buildings

    • Immediately TAKE COVER under desks or tables and turn away from all windows

    • Remain in a sheltered position for one minute silent and listening for instructions

      1. Outside of School Buildings

        • Earthquake: move away from buildings

        • Take a protective position, if possible

          1. Explosion/Nuclear Attack:

            • Take protective position, OR,

            • Get behind any solid object (ditch, curb, tree, etc.); lie prone with head away from light or blast; cover head, face, and as much of the skin surface as possible; close eyes, and cover ears with forearms.


a.   No school personnel/students are allowed to re-enter a school facility until inspected by      and authorized by appropriate school personnel: Maintenance and School Administrators,   and if applicable, Police, Fire, or City Inspectors.

b.   Search teams shall be sent to search for missing persons if the situation is determined       safe for the Search team.

c.   In the event that drinking water is unsafe, water valves will be turned off and the drinking   fountains sealed.

d.   Water, gas, and electrical shut‑off valves will be shut‑off for each applicable building           under the joint authorization of the administration and head custodian.


WARNING: Under certain disaster conditions, authorized officials may attempt to move an entire community, or portion thereof, from an area of danger to another area of safety. 

Action:  DIRECTED TRANSPORTATION consists of loading students and staff into school buses, cars and other means of transportation, and taking them from a danger area to a designated safety area.

Action:  DIRECTED TRANSPORTATION is considered appropriate only when directed by the Superintendent or designee, Site Administrator, Police, Fire, or OES. It may be appropriate for, but not limited to, movement away from:

  1. Fire

  2. Chemical & Biological Alert

  3. Flood

  4. Fallout Area

  5. Blast Area

  6. Chemical & Biological Alert

  7. Specific Man‑Made Emergency (shooting, fire, etc.)

G.  Action: GO HOME

Action: GO HOME consists of:

  1. Dismissal of all classes

  2. Return of students to their homes by the most expeditious means homes and if buses or other transportation are available for students who live at a distance from the school. Notification of parents by radio broadcast, local television, ALERT website, phone distribution lists, or other means will be requested.


Action: CONVERT SCHOOL to a Red Cross emergency facility will be initiated by City officials.




Earthquake procedures in the classroom or office

At the first indication of ground movement, all personnel should DROP to the ground.  It will soon be impossible to stand upright during the earthquake.  Getting to the ground will prevent being thrown to the ground.

All personnel should seek protective COVER under or near desks, tables, or chairs in a kneeling or sitting position.

All personnel should HOLD onto the table or chair legs.  Holding onto the legs will prevent it from moving away from you during the quake.  All personnel should protect their eyes from flying glass and debris with an arm covering your eyes.

All personnel should remain in the DROP position until ground movement ends.  They should be prepared to DROP, COVER and HOLD during aftershocks.

After ground movement ends, check for injuries and safely evacuate the building.  Move to a safe, open area, away from power lines and other overhead hazards.

Earthquake procedures in other parts of the building

At the first indication of ground movement, all personnel should DROP to the ground.

Take COVER under any available desk, table, or bench.  If in a hallway, drop next to an inside wall in a kneeling position and cover the back of the neck with hands.

After ground movement ends, check for injuries and safely evacuate the building.  Move to a safe, open area, away from power lines and other overhead hazards.

Earthquake procedures while outside

At the first indication of ground movement, move away from overhead hazards such as power lines, trees, and buildings.  DROP to the ground and COVER the back of the neck with your hands.  Be aware of aftershocks.  Do not enter buildings until it is determined safe to do so. If walking to or from school, DO NOT RUN.  Stay in the open.  If the students are going to school, they should continue to the school.  If going home, the students should continue to go home.

While in a vehicle or school bus, pull over to the side of the road and stop.  If on a bridge, overpass, or under power lines, continue on until the vehicle is away from the overhead dangers.  Wait until the ground movement stops and check for injuries.  Be aware of after shocks, downed wires, or roads blocked by debris. The Bus Driver is legally responsible for the welfare of student riders.



All classrooms and offices shall have an Emergency Exit sign and Evacuation Chart posted in a prominent location.

Fire Within A School Building:

In the event that a fire is detected within a school building, use the following procedures:

The Principal or Designee will:

a.   Order an evacuation if the fire alarm doesn't work

b.   Call 911

c.   Notify the superintendent       

d.   Teachers will supervise the evacuation of the classrooms to the designated areas according to the Emergency Exit Plan posted in every classroom and office.

e.   Teachers will close doors upon evacuating.

f.    Teachers will take their roll books to the evacuation site and take roll. Teachers will report   any missing student(s) to their Team Supervisor/ Administrator.

g.   The custodian or designee(s) shall assist by shutting off gas valves, electricity, etc., or         other if necessary for evacuating, putting out the fire, etc.

h.   The custodian or designee shall open necessary gates for fire truck and other emergency vehicle access when appropriate. The custodian or designee will also keep access entrances open for emergency vehicles.

i.    Notify students and staff when it is safe to return to the school site under the direction of     the Fire Department and in consultation with the Superintendent or designee.


Fire Near School

The Principal or designee shall:

  1. Determine the need to execute an evacuation if nearby fire poses an immediate threat to the students or the building.

  2. Notify the Fire Department by calling 911.

  3. Notify the Superintendents office.

<>d.Notify students and staff when it is safe to return to the school site under the direction of the Fire Department and in consultation with the Superintendent or designee.