Families are encouraged to be prepared in the event an emergency occurs during school hours. The next time disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Families can, and do, cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team with their school. Knowing what to do is your best protection.
Whether it’s a natural disaster such as an earthquake, mud flow, flood, fire or windstorm or a man-made disaster, a crisis is an event over which we have very little control.
Before a crisis or natural disaster:
- Ensure that your child’s enrollment card is up to date with correct and current information about individuals (designees) who are allowed to pick up your children.
In the event of a crisis or natural disaster:
- Please do not call the school, or transportation, or RCOE. Phone lines, if working, will be used for emergency communication.
- Students may or may not be sent home during a crisis. RCOE will keep parents and the public informed through the Emergency Communications System on radio and TV broadcasts and on our Web site on the Emergency Preparedness Alerts/Advisories and Press Releases pages.
- All parents or approved designees who come for their children must show picture identification before signing the student out.
- Schools are one of the safest places for children to be during most crises or natural disasters. Staff members will remain with the children until all have been reunited with their parents or approved designees.
- Students may be moved to a different school site if the crisis is localized.
- Bus riders will remain with their drivers. If a student has been let off at his or her regular bus stop prior to the disaster, you should expect to find your child at home. For children who are still on the bus, the driver will make his or her way back to the school as conditions permit.
- Buses will drive by AM stops, if safe to do so, and pick up any children waiting there. They will be transported to school as conditions permit.
- If it is too hazardous to move the bus, children will remain on the bus until help arrives.
The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.