O’Donovan Emergency Plan
To prepare all members of the school community, including your child, to act on a moments notice, we will be conducting emergency practice drills at the school. These drills, which will occur on a monthly basis throughout the year, will cover a variety of circumstances. In addition to practicing the drills, we will also be discussing with the students the appropriate actions to take during a number of emergencies. These drills and accompanying discussions are designed to prepare your child to act quickly and to minimize your child’s fear should an emergency occur.
Reuniting With Your Child
In order to ensure your child’s safety, it is necessary for us to establish some protocols related to picking up your child. Therefore, please be advised of the following guidelines:
Information Card arrives to pick up that student. It is critical that the information and phone numbers on your child’s Emergency Information Card is current. We will be using this information to contact you through the District’s mass communication system with the evacuation process and location for picking up your child.
Keeping Informed During an EmergencyDuring a real emergency, you probably will not be able to reach the school by phone, as staff will be busy responding to the emergency and the needs of the students. We will, however, make every effort to contact parents, either directly, or through the District’s mass communication system. Additionally, we may utilize local radio and television station broadcasts to relay information. Please do not call the school and do not call your child’s cell phone during an emergency. Phone lines need to be kept accessible at all times, and overloading the phone system may mean that the school will not be able to communicate with first responders.