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    Throughout the course of the year life at J.R. Smith Elementary includes practicing lock-down, fire and earthquake drills.

     

    At J.R. Smith Elementary School, when we talk of “reunification,” we are talking about the process we would use to ensure students are matched to the correct parents, or emergency contact, if the normal pick-up routine were disrupted. There are many possible reasons we would go through such a process. Reunification may take place on campus or at an undisclosed off-site location, depending upon the specific scenario. In all cases, we encourage parents to wait for instructions before trying to pick-up their students. Depending upon the situation, a sudden influx of additional persons may, in fact, hinder the process and jeopardize the safety of everyone involved. Instructions to parents would be sent via the SchoolMessenger app, email, Facebook, and other social media sites.

     

    The general process would involve a specific location for parents, or individuals identified by parents in SIS, to check in. At that location, those seeking to be reunified with a student will be required to show photo identification and sign for each student they are picking up. There will be paper SIS printouts of the emergency contacts for each student. Once the parents or emergency contact has signed and shown identification, a runner will go get that student. The student will be brought to the area designated as the reunification area and the student will be released to that person.

     

    Owing to the fact that there are countless possible scenarios in which we might find it necessary to go through a reunification process, it is impossible to provide detailed descriptions for every scenario. Indeed, for the safety of our students, there are certain procedural elements that are intentionally withheld. In every situation, we would make fluid adaptations to the plan, as needed, to make sure it is a safe process. We express gratitude to every participant ahead of time for your patience and understanding. In an actual event, the reunification process will be a time-consuming process as we take the time needed to make sure the correct student is reunified with the correct parents or emergency contact.

    En la Escuela J.R. Smith Elementary, cuando hablamos de “reunificación,” estamos hablado del proceso que usaríamos para asegurarnos de que los estudiantes sean reunificados con sus padres, o contacto de emergencia, si la forma normal para recoger seria interrumpida. Hay muchas razones posibles por las que tendríamos que seguir tal proceso. Una reunificación tomaría lugar en la escuela o un lugar seguro fuera de la escuela, dependiendo en un escenario específico. En todo caso, les pedimos a padres que esperen recibir instrucciones antes de tratar de recoger a su estudiante. Dependiendo de la situación, un repentino influjo de personas, de hecho, retrasaría el proceso y pondría en riesgo la seguridad de todas las personas involucradas. Los padres recibirán instrucciones por medio de correo electrónico, Facebook, aplicación School Messanger u otras páginas web.

    El proceso general implica tener un lugar específico para que los padres u otras personas identificadas por los padres en el sistema de información del estudiante puedan registrarse. En esa ubicación, aquellos que están esperando ser reunificados con un estudiante tendrán que mostrar una identificación y firmar por cada estudiante que van a recoger. Tendremos una copia con los contactos de emergencia de cada estudiante. Una vez que los padres o contacto de emergencia hayan firmado y mostrado su identificación, un corredor ira por el estudiante. El estudiante será traído al área indicada como área de reunificación y el estudiante será entregado a esa persona.

    Sabiendo que hay infinidad de posibles escenarios en los que sería necesario pasar por un proceso de reunificación, es imposible proveer descripción detallada para cada escenario. En efecto, por la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, hay cierto procedimiento que debe ser intencionalmente ocultado. En cada situación, haremos adaptaciones que fluyan conforme al plan, a como sea necesario, para asegurarnos de que sea un proceso seguro. Expresamos gratitud de antemano para cada participante por su paciencia y entendimiento. En un evento actual, el proceso de reunificación lleva tiempo ya que nos tomamos el tiempo necesario para asegurarnos que los estudiantes sean reunificados con las personas correctas ya sean sus padres o un contacto de emergencia.

     

    There are two types of lock-downs for J.R. Smith Elementary:

    1.     General lock-down

    1.     No one enters or exits the school. Instruction would continue with minimal interruption inside the school. 

    2.     As soon as information is available, it will be communicated to parents via email, auto call and web-site updates.

    3.     This lock-down would be in place until law enforcement gives the all clear.

    2.     Tight lock-down

    1.     An announcement is made over the PA system that "J.R. Smith Elementary is in tight lock-down.  Everyone goes to a secure location."

    2.     Teachers secure their rooms. As they do this, they look in the hall and pull anyone in the hall into their room.  Once a room is secured, all inside wait for the door to be unlocked from the outside with a key.  Even if a familiar voice calls to them, they don't acknowledge anyone is in the room.

    3.     As soon as information is available, it will be communicated to parents via email, auto call and web-site updates.

    4.     This lock-down would be in place until law enforcement gives the all clear.

    In the event of a fire (in drills we know we can evacuate the entire school in less than 3 minutes):

    1.     Everyone evacuates the building to a known location.

    2.     Teachers take medicines, PTA 'snack packs' out.

    3.     Once at the known location, teachers take roll and this information is communicated to those who need to know following practiced procedures.

    4.     Once out, the district office is notified so the process of informing parents can begin.

    5.     At this point the decision would be made regarding the use of an alternate location.

    6.     Once emergency response services give the all clear, students would be released to parents.

    In the event of an earthquake:

    1.     Once the initial shaking is done, everyone evacuates the building.

    2.     Teachers take medicines, PTA 'snack packs' out.

    3.     Once at the known location, teachers take roll and this information is communicated to those who need to know following practiced procedures.

    4.     Due to the possibility of aftershocks, no one would enter any structure until proper authorities have given the all clear.

    5.     The location would be out on the back field, away from power lines and the building.  No one would be allowed to enter the field.

    6.     Students would be released to parents following the above procedures through the man gate between the school and church.