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Emergency Information Guide

School Emergency Information Guide for Parents & Guardians

Parent Responsibilities During a School Emergency

As a parent, your initial reaction is to report to the school; however, calling the school repeatedly or rushing to the school to pick up your child creates more confusion for a school in a state of emergency.

During a school emergency, it is crucial that roadways are clear for first responders to reach the school as quickly as possible. Parents on the scene often hinder police, fire, and EMT rescue attempts. As emotionally difficult as it may be, parents should wait for official communications from school or public safety officials.

The JPPSS Communications Department will publish emergency notification alerts with verified news and updates of the incident. JCampus (Student Progress Center) notifications will be sent via text, email, and voice message to the contact information that was filed with the school. Parents are responsible for schools having correct and updated contact information.

Safety Terms & Procedures

LOCKDOWN

  • A lockdown takes place if an internal or external threat is identified. All school doors are locked and students are confined to classrooms.
  • No entry into or exit from the school will be allowed until an “all-clear” announcement is made. Students will NOT be released from school during a lockdown.

LOCK OUT

  • Students take refuge in designated areas to protect them from hazardous materials or severe weather.
  • No entry into or exit from school is allowed until an “all-clear” announcement is made. Students will NOT be released from school during a lock out.

EVACUATION

  • In the event of certain building emergencies, students will be relocated to an evacuation assembly area. Students will only be released to parents/guardians with picture ID and permission from a district official.

How You Can Help

Be prepared for a school emergency. Ensure that your child’s emergency contact information is accurate and current on the emergency card.

All student contact information should be up to date within the school’s database. Parents are urged to log into their child’s Student Progress Center to verify and update contact information on file. Contact information can also be updated at the child’s school.

The district uses a notification system within the JCampus Student Database to notify parents of inclement weather and emergencies.

Become familiar with your school’s emergency communication procedures. Each school is committed to providing accurate and timely information in the event of an emergency.

Reasons for Students & Staff to be on Lockdown, Lock Out, or to Evacuate

  • Environmental event; gas leak, chemical spill, etc…
  • Weather emergency; tornado, flash floods, etc…
  • Intruder near or in the campus area

A call for lockdown, lock out, or evacuation will take place when there is an internal or external threat identified. If a threat is identified, law enforcement personnel are to eliminate the threat, EMS and fire responders will render first aid if necessary and ensure the safety of classrooms and buildings for normal operations.

Reunification After an Emergency

The process for reunification with your child after an emergency will be communicated to families after an “all-clear” has been provided by authorities.

Parents must remember arriving at the school site for reunification may interfere with first responders. Reunification is possible when the “all-clear” has been given. Parents must remember to bring proper identification. Students will only be released to parents/guardians with proper documentation.

In the event an evacuation takes place, the location site for reunification will be communicated to families. If students are not evacuated, JPPSS will transport students who normally ride a bus.

It is important that parents update their contact information on JCampus (Student Progress Center) in order to receive updates.

We will also use the JPPSS Mobile App, this website, local news, and text messages to communicate with parents/guardians.

“Dos” In Case of a School Emergency

  • DO download the JPPSS Mobile App for iPhone or Android devices. This will notify you of events within your school and the district.
  • DO tune into local TV/radio stations for official school news alerts.
  • DO rely only on official communication from school or public safety officials.
  • DO listen for official information regarding reunification with your child.
  • DO make sure that all emergency contact information is current with your child’s school by logging into the Student Progress Center. If you don’t have an account, please contact your school for information on accessing your account.
  • DO contact 911 if you are aware of a threat or potential threat after normal school hours.

“Do Nots” In Case of a School Emergency

  • DO NOT rush to your child’s school, as doing so may put parents in harm’s way.
  • DO NOT phone your child. Staff and students are discouraged from using cell phone communication for safety reasons.

Click Below to View the School Emergency Information Guide Brochure