In the event of an emergency
If a disaster occurs during school hours, school administration will determine the course of action and oversee the release of students. Updates will be posted here and when possible, the school will use the Emergency Notification System to communicate updates via recorded phone message and email. Faculty and staff will stay with your child until he or she is picked up by you or an adult you authorized on the School Closure/Emergency Release Form returned to the school. The school has a supply of food and water for students who may be required to remain at the school during an emergency. Faculty and staff teams are organized and trained in first aid, security, rescue, roll call and parental communications.
- Do not call the school, as it will be necessary to keep the telephone lines open to communicate with emergency and government personnel.
- Please wait for the school’s Emergency Notification System to notify you by recorded phone message and email with current information and special instructions. To receive up-to-date information, be accessible at the emergency telephone number/email address you provided.
- Before coming to Saint Francis, check the Saint Francis website (www.sfhs.com), tune in to the local AM radio or television station for information on how the school would like parents to proceed.
- Do not call your student’s cell phone as this could complicate the situation, and the cell phone lines will likely not be working or be busy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Following are answers to questions parents may have regarding both procedures and parental responsibilities in disaster situations. Such situations may include disruption of normal activities related to a major fire, a severe earthquake or any area-wide catastrophe. Access a complete list of our emergency preparations here.
Will the school provide information about the situation other than by telephone?
When possible, the school will post updates on the website and provide information via local radio and television stations and the school will post information and instructions on the website. Do not call the school, as it will be necessary to keep the telephone lines open to communicate with emergency and government personnel.
How does the school contact parents in a disaster?
When possible, Saint Francis High School will use our Emergency Notification System to communicate vital information by recorded phone message and email. Messages will be updated as new information is available. Parents provide telephone numbers and email addresses that the school will use for this purpose. Please make sure that your phone numbers and email addresses are current.
What if my child is injured in a disaster and requires emergency care?
School staff will provide first aid and arrange for the earliest possible transportation to the nearest available emergency room.
Who will supervise my child in a disaster?
Students are cared for by school staff and faculty until released to authorized adults. Staff, faculty and administrative personnel have been divided into crisis response teams that will be overseen by an Emergency Operations Command. School employees will remain on campus until the crisis is over and every student has been accounted for and picked up by an authorized adult.
Does the school have emergency supplies for a disaster?
Yes, the campus has food, water and first aid supplies.
May I come to the campus to pick up my child or send someone else in my place?
Only you, or someone you have specifically pre-authorized on the School Closure/Emergency Release Form, may pick up your child. In a crisis situation you do not need to call in advance to pick up your child. School staff follow a strict “check-out” procedure to release your child from school supervision either to you or your pre-authorized designee. PLEASE NOTE: You must include your carpool driver among those you have pre-authorized if you want your child to be released to that driver in an emergency.
What happens to my child if pick up is delayed?
Your child will be cared for by school staff and faculty until picked up.
What should I do to prepare in advance of a disaster?
We suggest that you discuss pick up arrangements with other Saint Francis families in your neighborhood and that you develop plans of action. It is essential that you pre-authorize any additional people using the School Closure/Emergency Release Form. Please keep your contact information current. It is not enough to call the school to update. You must complete new emergency information forms in writing as needed.