Every campus in CCISD utilizes a Standard Respose Protocol for campus emergencies. This has been coordinated with our local First Responders. Together, we take the job of student safety very seriously. We will continue to work with our local First Responders to practice and improve our emergency response.
Evacuations (practiced each month)
Conducting regular evacuation drills will give us the knowledge and confidence to escape a fire safely. We feel there are two steps for a good evacuation program - planning and practice. Planning gives us the information we will need ahead of time to evacuate safely. Working together with a Safety Team, an evacuation plan has been created to meet the specific needs of our building and its occupants. The plan is clear and concise. This plan is reviewed and edited as needed each year.
- Each room has a posted exit diagram (plan) and everyone is familiar with it.
- A designated meeting place outside the building has been established and teachers will check that each student is present and/or accounted for.
- Teachers will report if there is anyone missing and monitors use the walkie-talkies to locate the child.
- At times, we will make the drill realistic by requiring classes to use their secondary route or to crawl low. This may be done by having someone hold up a sign reading "smoke" or "exit blocked by fire." We also will measure how long complete evacuation takes. Our drill is sounded by a bell and intercom stating directions.
- When everyone is back inside the building after the drill, teachers gather their class to discuss any questions or problems that occurred during the drill.
Once we are outside, we stay outside. Until the proper authorities say it is okay we do not re-enter the building.
Shelter Drills (practiced a minimum of 2 times each year)
School officials have worked to develop a hazardous response plan which establishes shelter areas and also plans for monitoring and evaluating tornado drills or other hazards requiring shelter.
We have a plan dictating exactly what to do when a shelter drill sounds. All school personnel are familiar with established procedures and review them periodically.
- Every classroom and public areas have a shelter route diagram posted in plain view. We have designated interior hallways on the ground floor, away from exterior walls, as shelter areas. Gymnasiums, auditoriums and other rooms with large, free-span roofs are not utilized as shelter areas.
- Safe, orderly movement to the shelter area is crucial. Students should walk, not run, to the designated area. The school response plan includes procedures to assist students with disabilities in getting to the shelter area.
- Students assembled in designated hazardous weather shelter areas, are instructed to get on their knees in a prone position, making sure their heads face interior walls, while placing their hands behind their heads.
- Students remain in this position until ALL CLEAR is called and then return to their classrooms.
In addition to the above-mentioned drills, we have safety procedures in place in the event that there are other emergencies which require us to perform a building "lock down" or a "lock out". For the safety of our students, those procedures will not be listed here. If you have questions about our safety procedures, please contact our campus administration.