In Case of Emergency

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    In order to make sure that emergency or crisis situations that may affect students, staff, or parents/guardians is handled effectively and efficiently, City Schools has "emergency preparedness" plans at both the district and individual school level.

    The districtwide plan is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. At the school level, each year schools establish an on‑site emergency team that includes school administrators and staff. Schools are also required to update their emergency safety plans, which are then reviewed and approved by the district’s Environmental Health and Safety Department. Schools are required to practice fire evacuation drills and various other drills throughout the year, so that staff and students are prepared to respond depending on the situation.

    For more information about the emergency safety plan in place at your school, please contact your school leaders.

    Communicating with parents

    If there is an emergency, your school or the district will share information with parents through all available and appropriate channels, depending on the situation. These channels can include phone calls, text messages, website and social media updates,or announcements from local t.v. or radio stations.

    It is absolutely essential that families ensure that their school has up‑to‑date contact information at all times, including emergency contact numbers, so that they can be reached with important information.

    Additional things to keep in mind:

    • Talk to your child about emergency preparations, and make sure he or she knows that there are plans in place at your school to ensure all students’ safety.
    • If you learn that there is an emergency situation, please do not go immediately to your school to pick up your child. In many cases, students are safest inside the building,or the building may be locked. Also, please do not call the school, because staff may need to keep phone lines open. Instead, wait to hear from City Schools about any action you should take.
    • If you are asked to pick up your child, either at the school or a different location, please follow instructions about pick‑up procedures, locations, parking, etc., closely. Remember to bring a photo ID with you, since children will be released only to adults authorized to pick them up.
    • In situations that include police response, communications may come from the Baltimore Police Department and be sent according to that agency’s policies and procedures.