For All Emergencies:
- Remain calm and inform the principal's office at (203) 977-4227.
- Principal will call 911.
- Principal will call Central Office at (203) 977-5440/4567.
Emergency Situations and Procedures
- Medical Emergency
- Fire / Explosion
- Weapons on School Grounds
- Suicide Ideation or Attempt
- Utility Failure / Power Outage
- Dealing with the Media
- Lost / Missing Child
- Hazardous Materials Spills
- Bomb Threats / Suspicious Package
- Administrating Medications - EpiPen Auto-Injector Training Program
If Someone Becomes Ill or Is Injured:
- Notify the principal's office immediately.
- Do not attempt to move a person who is ill or injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
- Unless certified to provide first aid, do not attempt to render any first aid before trained assistance arrives.
- Use personal protective equipment (gloves) when exposing yourself to bodily fluids (e.g. blood, vomit, etc.).
- Comfort the victim and reassure them that medical attention is on the way.
- If necessary, implement appropriate emergency procedure (e.g. evacuation - classroom/area) to ensure that students are not exposed to trauma or danger.
- Remain calm and reassure students that all possible actions are being taken to care for the injured or ill person and to protect others.
- After the victim's immediate needs have been taken care of, remain to assist medical services with pertinent information about the incident.
- Preserve the scene in the event the medical emergency will require an investigation by school or police officials.
- Rejoin your students as soon as possible. Take your student roster with you and account for all students once you have reached the designated area. Immediately notify the school administrator in charge of any missing students.
Fire / Explosion
If You Discover Fire or Smoke:
- Remember: R.A.C.E.
- Rescue: Remove anyone from immediate danger.
- Alarm: Notify the office of the fire situation and activate the nearest emergency pull station.
- Contain: Close all doors to confine the smoke and fire.
- Evacuate: Unless otherwise directed, follow the evacuation plan and proceed to the designated safe area outside the building.
Response to Audible Fire Alarms:
- Remain calm, evacuate and stay with your students.
- Remember to take your class roster with you to the designated evacuation area.
- Once you have reached the designated area, account for all students and report any missing students to the principal.
- Only return to the building when directed by the principal.
If You Catch On Fire:
- DO NOT RUN!!!!!
- STOP where you are,
- DROP to the ground, and
- ROLL over and over to smother flames.
- Be prepared to evacuate or shelter-in-place.
- Be prepared for further explosions.
- If evacuation is ordered, proceed to the designated assembly area.
- Open doors carefully and watch for falling objects.
- Report any missing students to the principal.
If You Are Trapped in Your Office / Classroom:
- Wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out the smoke.
- Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
- Use the telephone/cell phone to notify 911 of your problem and location.
- If you are trapped in an area and need fresh air, only break the window as a last resort, and use caution when breaking the window.
If an Assault Occurs:
- Remain in a safe position and issue commands to stop the fighting.
- Try and call for assistance of a nearby teacher or other adult.
- Move the victim to a private office / area. Ensure the victim is in a safe place, and assist in making them comfortable
- Do not leave the victim alone.
- Report the assault to the principal's office immediately.
- Be prepared to give as much of the following information as possible to the school administration and the police/security:
- Your name
- Your location
- What happened
- Victim's name
- Victim's age
- Location of victim
- Description of the assailant
- Location of the assailant or direction of their escape
- If the victim requires medical attention, call the school nurse (if one isn't available, call employee certified in first aid).
- Remain calm and reassure students that all possible actions are being taken to care for the injured person and to protect others.
Safety Plan discussion available upon request from administration.
Weapons On School Grounds
Report of a Weapon on School Grounds:
- Should someone observe a gun or other weapon, instruct them NOT TO TOUCH IT.
- NOTIFY THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.
- Secure the scene until the appropriate personnel arrive to retrieve the weapon.
- Ensure student and staff safety by moving everyone to a safe location and away from the weapon or the person with the weapon.
- If necessary, implement the appropriate emergency procedure (e.g. building lockdown, room lockdown) to ensure that students are not exposed to danger.
- If the report is a rumor, it must be reported to the principal's office for investigation.
Teacher Observes a Weapon:
- Seek assistance from security or another staff member in reporting the incident. If it is safe to do so, send a sealed message to the office with a trusted student that includes:
- Your name and location
- The name/description of the suspect
- Any information regarding the weapon's location and type
- Discreetly call the office if the individual is not present.
IN ALL CASES - USE EXTREME CAUTION. DO NOT CONFRONT THE SUSPECT.
Suicide Ideation or Attempt
Suicide Attempt or Threat:
If a student/staff member expresses suicidal thoughts or attempts suicide:
- Remain calm. Be supportive and refrain from making any judgmental or moralizing comments.
- Notify the principal's office immediately and indicate if medical attention is needed.
- The student/staff member requires supervision at all times.
- Remain with the suicidal person until help arrives.
- Stay engaged with the person through active listening.
- If needed, enlist assistance from additional staff until administration arrives.
- If weapons, medication or other items were used to attempt suicide, secure them if safe to do so.
- If you hear that a student/staff member has made suicidal threats, report the situation immediately to your principal's office even if you are unsure of the seriousness of the threat. You are not responsible for conducting a threat assessment.
***Suicidal thoughts may be expressed directly or indirectly. They can include verbal statements, writings, and/or drawings.
Evacuation - Classroom / Building:
- Evacuation of a classroom or area may be issued by the teacher, supervising adult, or principal. The purpose is to move students away from potentially threatening situations that do not require full building evacuation.
- Evacuation of a building is used to move students and staff out of the building by a pre-designated route (if usable) to avoid a potentially threatening situation(s) that involves the entire building.
- Evacuation of the building may be issued by the principal or local public safety agencies.
- Remain calm and stay with your students.
- If the situation permits, notify the office of the situation and confer with the office to determine an appropriate evacuation area.
- Tell students to go immediately, in a clam and orderly manner, to the agreed-upon designated area.
- Remember to take your class roster with you.
- Consider individuals with disabilities that may need assistance evacuating.
- Evacuate the building immediately, in a calm manner, using only the exit and directions provided.
- If your primary route is blocked or unusable, use your secondary route.
- Do not take personal items with you.
- Close doors behind you while exiting.
- Walk, do not run.
- Do not use the restrooms.
- Do not use the elevators.
- Once you have reached the designated area, count all students and immediately report any missing student to the principal.
- Stay with students, keeping them in a group.
- Remain in the designated evacuation assembly area until directed by the principal and an "All Clear" has been announced.
Utility Failure / Power Outage
If There Is a Utility Failure / Power Outage:
- Notify the principal's office immediately of the type of utility outage (electrical, heating, cooling, water, etc.).
- Stay calm and reassure the students.
- If necessary, implement the appropriate emergency procedures (e.g. evacuation - classroom/area) to ensure that students are not exposed to danger.
- Take attendance to ensure all students are accounted for: Immediately notify the principal or designee of any missing students.
- Remain in place unless directed by the principal to relocate.
- If you are moved to another area, conduct a student count once you arrive at the new location. Take student roster with you.
Dealing With the Media
- If you are approached by the media, direct them to the principal. The principal or acting school principal is the key spokesperson for the school.
- The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act precludes school staff from disclosing a student's name, grade, or other personally identifying information.
- The District legally cannot confirm a student's attendance at any specific school location.
News Media Personnel on School Grounds:
- If any new media personnel are observed on school grounds, notify the principal immediately.
Lost / Missing Child
If a Student Is Lost or Missing:
- Report the missing child to the principal's office.
- Remain calm and immediately search the entire room for the child (e.g. closets, under desks, tables, etc.).
- Furnish a physical description and clothing information (age, height, weight, hair color, etc.).
- Advise the principal of any problems that are known to you regarding the child.
- Ask other children if they know where the child may be.
- If the child is missing at dismissal or from the bus, inform the transportation dispatcher to put out a notice to all buses.
Hazardous Materials Spills
If a Hazardous Material Spill Occurs:
- Notify the principal's office immediately of the situation.
- Implement the appropriate emergency procedure (e.g. classroom evacuation) to ensure that students are not exposed to danger without spreading the contamination area if possible.
- Direct the students to go immediately, in a calm and orderly manner, to the agreed upon designated area.
- If possible, control access to the affected area by closing doors.
- Take your students roster with you and account for all students once you have reached the designated area. Immediately notify the principal's office of any missing students.
- Check people involved for adverse medical symptoms (shortness of breath, vomiting, fainting, etc.) and request medical attention, if necessary.
- Remain in the designated area until directed by the principal.
- If you know what chemicals are involved please advise the principal.
Bomb Threats / Suspicious Packages
- Remain calm and don't hang up. Keep the caller on the line as long as possible, and listen carefully.
- Note the time of the call.
- Ask the caller the following questions:
- Where is the bomb?
- When will it explode?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What is the caller's name and motive for placing the bomb?
- Are you an employee?
- Are you a student?
- Write down any pertinent information such as background noises, gender of caller, and voice pitches and patterns.
Written or Email Threats or Packages:
- Remain clam and don't touch or approach a bomb or suspicious device.
- Do not use your mp3 player or cell phone within 100 ft. of the package.
- Notify the principal's office immediately.
- Do not attempt to move or open the package.
- Keep anyone from handling it or going near it.
- Evacuate the students out of the immediate area.
- Write down everything you remember about the letter or parcel.
- Save all packing materials.
Notification of a Bomb Threat:
- Remain calm and conduct a search of your area for any suspicious packages or unidentified backpacks. Never touch any package that is suspicious!! If you see something suspicious notify the principal's office.
- Follow evacuation directions from the principal's office.
- Avoid running and other movement, since this can detonate certain devices.
- Take your student roster with you and account for all students once you have reached the designated area. Immediately notify the principal of any missing students.