Do schools in Jordan School District have a plan for responding to crisis situations?
Yes. District administrators work closely with local safety officials—police, fire, emergency medical services and public health—to ensure schools are well prepared for emergencies. Jordan District has trained its staff on the Incident Command System, which covers a wide variety of emergencies and helps staff and public safety partners respond swiftly should a crisis occur in a school. The District’s comprehensive safety plan addresses a wide range of crisis situations, including:
- Severe Weather
- Chemical Spills
- Bomb Threats
- Power Outages
How will schools respond if an incident occurs?
Depending on the nature of the incident and recommendations from public safety officials, schools will implement one of the following emergency procedures:
Evacuation – If it is unsafe for students and staff to remain inside the building, the school is evacuated. Students and staff may be relocated to a safe location off school property, if necessary. School administrators will follow directions given by local public safety officials.
Lockout – External Threat: During a Lockout all school exterior doors are locked. This takes place if the threat is outside of the school. A sign is posted on the main entrance of the school indicating an external Lockout is in progress. If any students or staff are outside, you will want to get them inside as quick as possible. If the situation allows, and it is deemed safe for parents or others to enter the building, they could be admitted into the school with proper identification.
Lockdown – Internal Threat: During a Lockdown all school interior doors are locked, students and staff are confined to their classrooms and no entry or exit is allowed. Locks, Lights, Out of Sight. This takes place if there is a possible threat inside the school. Secondary students are allowed to self-evacuate if safe to do so, ninth through twelfth grade only.
Shelter-in-Place – If there is a threat of severe weather or hazardous materials (chemical or biological) outside the school, a shelter-in-place procedure is implemented. All students and staff move to safe locations inside the building (interior rooms away from windows and doors), ventilation systems are controlled and parents and other visitors may not be allowed in the school, depending on the situation. School administrators will follow directions given by local public safety officials.
All schools practice these procedures regularly throughout the school year.
How will parents be notified if an incident occurs at school?
If an incident occurs, the first priority is to ensure all students are safe and under adult supervision. The District will notify the news media and place information on the District Web site as soon as possible. Parents should access the District Web site at jordandistrict.org or listen to local radio and television stations for the most current information.
Parents may be notified directly in certain situations. Parents should ensure that emergency contact information they provide to the school is accurate and notify the school immediately if it changes.
What support services will schools provide if an incident occurs?
If necessary, a crisis team from the District Student Intervention Services Department will be sent to the school to help students and staff cope with the emotional impact of a crisis. The crisis team consists of counselors and psychologists with specialized training.
- What should parents do if an incident occurs during school? If an incident occurs, it is only natural for parents to want to call or rush to the school. However, parents must be careful to avoid hampering the work of school and public safety officials. Parents can help manage a crisis situation in the following ways:
- Remain calm. Do your best to cooperate with school and public safety officials.
- Keep roads clear. Be aware that traffic or parking congestion could hamper access of public safety vehicles.
- Keep phone lines open. Be aware that excessive phone calls could jam the phone system and hamper emergency communications.
- Get information before coming to the school. Access the District Web site at jordandistrict.org or listen to local radio and television stations for the most current information. If students are being released early or at a location other than the school, parents will be notified through these sources.
- Be patient. Students will be released to parents, guardians or emergency contact persons with proper identification as soon as possible. Remember, a crisis situation must be handled in an orderly manner to protect and account for all students.
For More Information
For more details about your school’s emergency plans, contact a local school administrator.