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.
Plan in Advance
- Make certain you fill out and return the school Emergency Form every time you change phone numbers or move to a new address.
- Update, as needed, the School Closure Emergency Release Form. This form lists the people you authorize (including carpool drivers) to pick up your child in a disaster.
- Make sure that your phone numbers and email addresses are current. Parents provide telephone numbers and email addresses that the school will use to send you messages in a disaster.
- Plan in advance what you, your family members and your friends will do to help one another in a crisis situation.
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.
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.
Ensuring the health, safety and well being of our students is paramount to our educational mission. As parents, you entrust your students to our care every day, and we take this responsibility seriously. With the many complexities of the world today, we want you to know that we provide a safe and welcoming campus environment for all students.
As a school, it is important to reassure you that the safety of our students is of primary importance to us. At the start of each school year, we practice several emergency drills with our students, including a full-school evacuation and a lockdown drill for an intruder on campus. As parents, it is important that you be aware of how we prepare for different crises and safety issues on campus:
- We have several disaster plans and drills that we practice. With construction on campus and portable classroom and offices this school year, we have modified our plans and created new evacuation routes to accommodate those changes.
- Emergency professionals have reviewed our emergency plans and trained our staff. We will continue to receive training in conjunction with the Mountain View Police Department, as part of a program called “The Silicon Valley Safe Schools Consortium.”
- In the case of pandemic illness at Saint Francis and/or the need for school closure, we have plans for the continuity of operations and education for our students.
- Every classroom and major office is equipped with telephones and multi-channel walkie-talkies.
- Local authorities have been provided with a database of information specific to our facility at Saint Francis so that they can respond quickly in an emergency.
- Campus Ministry and counseling offices are trained to assist students in crisis situations.
- Visitors to campus are required to check-in at the Main Office.
- Staff members are assigned a rotation of campus supervision during school hours.
- The staff has been educated on their professional and legal responsibilities regarding the students in their care.
- We have an evening patrol to maintain nighttime safety on our campus.
- Each year you fill out School Closure Emergency Release information regarding the transportation of your student from our campus in the event of an emergency.
- Through our Emergency Notification System, we can deliver thousands of emergency alerts via e-mail and voice to our entire parent community in minutes. (We send out a test message to parents each year.)
- In the case of an emergency, our website will be updated with specific information regarding any emergency on campus. We ask that you check the website and wait for an email before you call or come to the campus in the event of an emergency.
- We also have an SFHS Mobile application that you can access. From a web-enabled phone, you can simply go to www.sfhs.com. The SFHS Mobile site will automatically load. Emergency Information is one of the primary links from the main page. That page will be updated as information is available during an emergency.