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Earthquake Procedures

Earthquake Procedures

This information has been compiled in order to prepare both you and your children in the event of a natural disaster. Here in California, the most likely disaster would be due to an earthquake.

A major earthquake of "disaster" magnitude would, in all likelihood, lead to extensive damage to building structures, to gas and electricity shutdowns, and to a non-functioning telephone system. Major highways might be unusable for many weeks while the minor roads would be very congested and perhaps impassable also. A disaster plan has been devised to better prepare staff, pupils and parents for their role should a disaster occur.
 
SCHOOL PROCEDURES DURING AND AFTER EARTHQUAKES
  • DUCK AND COVER until ordered to evacuate. Obey office and/or teacher's order to evacuate.
  • Teacher or student picks up class "Emergency Kit" and LEAVES THE BUILDING with the children.
  • Children line up at the designated emergency area ( A painted number on the playground).
  • Teacher checks that all children are accounted for, administers first aid, and awaits administrative direction.
  • Buildings are checked to see that all people are out and that there are no obvious gas or electrical malfunctions

AFTER SHOCK ALERT
  • After minor earthquakes, administrators and custodial staff assess damage/building safety. When the school is deemed safe, classes will resume.
  • After a major earthquake, students remain outside on the large grass area to await pick-up.
  • STUDENTS WILL BE RELEASED ONLY TO ADULTS LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CARD.
  • Walk or bike to pick up your child from school; NO CARS if possible. Streets, especially near the school, have to be kept clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Children not picked up will be cared for by school personnel on the school grounds or at a safe environment which will be posted.

STUDENT DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
  • Students will be released only to adults listed on the Emergency Card on file in the office. Check-out must be made through the office staff at the designated table.
  • Walk or bike to pick up your child; No cars, if possible. Streets, especially near the school, have to be kept clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Children not picked up will be cared for by school personnel on the school grounds or at a safe environment which will be posted.