Emergency Preparedness Info

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The Clinton School District takes steps every day to protect students and staff. The safety of our students and staff, remains our number one priority.

The district's Emergency Operations Plan is regularly reviewed, refined and improved to reflect best practices. Complete Emergency Operations Plans are documented within each building and at the district level.

We view a crisis as an incident that directly or indirectly affects a few or all of our students and staff. A crisis can occur before, during or after regular hours. Our plan is designed to be effective in a number of situations.

Our district's Emergency Operations Plan includes strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from a crisis in our schools.

PREVENTION:

  • Training to help staff support the mental health of our students. The district provides training to all staff regarding a trauma-informed/sensitive approach to students.  **Pursuant to Missouri Senate Bill 638, Section 161.1050, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has established the "Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative."  For more information, visit: http://dese.mo.gov/traumainformed 
  • Bullying prevention programs, including a curriculum and a bullying reporting tool
  • The district partners with the Clinton Police Department to provide a full-time School Resource Officer
  • The Clinton Police Department provides safety walk-throughs on a regular basis to ensure the safety of all buildings
  • Counselors, school social workers, a school-based therapist and recovery room specialists are available to students
  • Secure buildings with locked exterior doors, photo ID badges for employees and check-in procedures for visitors
  • Surveillance cameras at all buildings
  • Partnerships with local law enforcement and mental health professionals on crisis prevention and student support
  • Facilities and playgrounds are regularly inspected for hazards
  • Fire safety inspections are conducted on an annual basis
  • Effective and current communication equipment is employed throughout the district

    PREPARARTION:
  • Regular drills at schools for hazards like fires, severe weather, earthquakes, evacuations, intruders, etc.
  • Regular updating of the crisis response plan
  • Regular training of the crisis response teams
  • Regular active shooter and intruder response training for all district staff

    RESPONSE:
  • Extensive plans are in place for evacuations, relocations, lock-downs and many other safety measures
  • Immediate contact is made with authorities and first responders in a crisis situation
  • Communication tools to notify families about crisis situations

    RECOVERY:
  • Work with district counselors/social workers, local mental health workers and local clergy to provide counseling to those affected
  • Return to the learning process as soon as possible

TIPS/REMINDERS FOR PARENTS

1. Please make sure your contact information (home and cell phone numbers) are up-to-date in our Student Information System (PowerSchool). Contact your child's school office and provide the updated information.

2. Please make sure the emergency contacts on file for your student are up-to-date.  We would suggest that those emergency contacts be local so that they can respond and pick up your student if necessary. 

3. We will use our automated calling/texting/emailing system, Facebook, Twitter, district website and district app to communicate with parents during a crisis.

4. In some cases, we may need to evacuate the school. Evacuation sites have been established, but we do not publicize those locations prior to an emergency to maintain student safety. We will inform you of the time and place to pick up your child through the district communication channels listed above.

5. During the reunification at the evacuation site, parents will be asked to remain in their cars and proceed through the line. Only parents, or those listed as emergency contacts, will be allowed to pick up a student. All parents and emergency contacts will be required to provide identification in order to pick up a student.

6. In an emergency, we ask that parents do not come to or call the school. It is important to keep the streets, parking area, and phone lines open for emergency responders and communication. We will provide information to parents through the district communication channels (see #3 above).

7. If your child has a medical condition, please make sure to have two sets of necessary items (medication/testers/etc) available (one with you or at home) in case we cannot re-enter the school to retrieve it.

8. During a lockdown at school, no one will be permitted to enter or leave the building with the exception of district personnel, law enforcement, and first responders. Once it has been determined that the threat has passed (all-clear), the school will resume normal procedures. This also applies to weather-related lockdowns.

9. The most important thing we do to keep our people safe is keep the lines of communication open. You can help us with this by letting us know if you hear of anything suspicious or alarming, and encouraging students to do the same.

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