MCMS Emergency Procedures
Please take some time to read the following information about emergency preparedness at school. Try to remember that, next to being at home with family, schools are the safest place to be during an emergency. School is a place where students are known and cared for and where we have practiced for emergencies and have amassed basic supplies, should they be needed. We recommend and hope that families have the discussion about “What to do if…” and that families have their own preparedness plan and supplies (more about this below. )
I. What are the types of emergencies that Medea Creek Middle School anticipates through preparedness?
We prepare for emergencies in a number of ways: education and information, rehearsal through drills and emergency scenarios and provisions (food, water, sanitation and first aid). Our planning focuses on three categories:
· Fire:Fire alarms sound. We rehearse basic evacuation from buildings (evacuation routes are posted in all rooms and offices); teachers lead students to painted room numbers on the blacktop and assemble on the field. We practice protocols of attendance/accountability.When an “all clear” is given, students return to their classrooms.
In the event of an actual emergency, the fire department and District are contacted and the situation is assessed.Should students be unable to return to class, parents will be notified via the District’s all call communication system, will be apprised of the situation and emergency release procedures, should that be feasible. Updates will be provided through this all call system and posts will be made on the school Website. Fire emergencies can include brush, building fires or explosions.
· Natural Disaster, such as Earthquake: A bell simulating a quake sounds. We evacuate and account for students the same way as for a fire drill and then practice protocols for emergency teams that secure the campus, search and rescue, provide first aid, assess damage, activate emergency supplies and resources, implement communication channels both within school and within the community, and begin the emergency release of students if and when necessary.
· Lock down: A Lock Down is when, at the sound of a designated bell, ALL persons on campus immediately take shelter in a lockable school room where an adult is present. Obviously, in a true emergency, a student might have to duck into the nearest lockable space, with or without an adult present, or simply run out of harm’s way. All persons remain inside and secure until the Principal or Assistant Principal or Dean signal that the Lock Down is over. A Lock Down is a response to a potentially dangerous person (or a creature, e.g., bear, mountain lion, etc.) is at large, usually someone who poses a potentially immediate danger to people on campus. Often this person is a suspect in a local crime, like a bank robbery, in which the police are still tracking down their suspect. A Lock Down can also by a response to a contagion (as with the H1N1 influenza warnings a couple of years ago). In the most horrific and publicized cases, it is a response to a school shooter on campus.
II. What is an Emergency Release of Students, and why might it occur?
· An emergency release of students occurs when an emergency situation arises that necessitates students, for their safety and well-being, be released to a parent/guardian or designated contact on the emergency form, before the normal end of the school day. Should this occur, parents would be notified by the District all-call system and brief instructions would be posted on the school Website (if communication systems are operative.)
· Here are the IMPORTANT GUIDELINES TO FOLLOW for picking up students from school in an emergency, before the usual end of the school day:
1. Vehicles do not block the driveway
2. Parents should, where possible, WALK TO MCMS, as streets will, most likely, be impassable.
3. Parents report to their designated alpha
“REQUEST GATE”: A-G or H-Q or R-Z; these three gates are located on either side of the Main Office
4. Parents/guardians/designated contacts on the emergency
form present I.D. to the MCMS adult at the gate.
5. MCMS adult confirms ID/authorization to pick up student
and then sends for student to be released
6. Parents walk to alpha REUNION GATE, A-L
(far side of gym near church); OR M-Z,(near bike racks)
7. Student will meet parent at REUNION GATE and will be
signed-out for release.
III. What emergency supplies does Medea Creek have?
Our school district, families and PFA assist with assembling essential emergency supplies. Each classroom and office has an emergency backpack with emergency supplies, in addition to a classroom supply of emergency water, food, sanitation and basic first aid resources should students and faculty be confined to the classroom for an extended period of time, as in the case of a lock down. Medea Creek has an emergency storage bin that houses a supply of food and water for each person for approximately three days,more extensive first aid supplies, search and rescue equipment, tools, blankets,clothing and protective coverings (partial shelter) for an extensive stay on the field. MCMS also has two propane operated generators.
IV. What kind of training does the school employ—and who is trained?
All staff members have a copy of MCMS’s Emergency Plan, which is developed and reviewed several times per year through our School Safety Committee and Site Leadership. Faculty Meetings review the plan with faculty and staff; school administrators review the plan with students in their physical education classes at the beginning of the school year and regularly throughout the year via school announcements and video bulletins. Teachers also review emergency procedures with their students in class. There is an Emergency section in the Student and Parent Handbooks, with an outline of procedures. Mostof our staff is trained in basic first aid and CPR. Some staff members have additional training on the Automated External Defibulator (AED)machine, located in the main office. Several staff members are Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trained. Two of our administrators have attended active school shooter scenarios practiced on southland campuses. OPUSD administrators have consulted with Ron Stephens, Executive Director of the National School Safety Center, and local law enforcement for safe school planning and emergency response.
V. What supplies are recommended for families?
The American Red Cross recommends that families have the following supplies:
· Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation,2-week supply for home)
· Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation,2-week supply for home)
· Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
· Extra batteries
· First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit**
· Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
· Multi-purpose tool
· Sanitation and personal hygiene items
· Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
· Cell phone with chargers
· Family and emergency contact information
· Extra cash
· Emergency blanket
· Map(s) of the area
**First Aid Kit
· 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
· 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
· 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
· 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
· 5 antiseptic wipe packets
· 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
· 1 blanket (space blanket)
· 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
· 1 instant cold compress
· 2 pair of non latex gloves (size: large)
· 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
· 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
· 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
· 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
· 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
· Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
· 2 triangular bandages