|HOW WILL THE SCHOOL RESPOND TO AN EMERGENCY?
When the Superintendent or Emergency Management Officer determines that an
emergency has occurred, there are three possible plans of action:
Go-Home Plan: Returns students to
their homes and family as expeditiously as possible. Each school maintains
names and contacts of emergency contacts for each child. That is why it is
important to advise the building principal if the name or number of an
emergency contact person changes.
Elementary students are never returned to an unoccupied or unsupervised
home. If there is no one at home to meet an elementary student, the child
is returned to school and held until a parent or designated emergency
adult picks the child up.
Shelter Plan: Keeps students in
their buildings when it is safer to stay inside than to go out.
Ordinarily, sheltering is considered a short-term solution, but each
school is prepared to shelter students overnight if necessary. Specific
areas of each building are identified as the safest for occupants. A part
of the shelter plan will be a Stay-Put plan.
In this instance, all students will remain in their current classroom
until otherwise notified. Students in school buildings who are not in
classrooms will be escorted by staff to a supervised area and remain there
until otherwise notified.
Requires that all building occupants leave and go to an alternate
location. Evacuation may mean only going outside and away from the
building until an all-clear
signal is given. In some circumstances, students and staff may need to be
transported and housed temporarily in another location.
IF THERE IS
AN EVACUATION, WHERE WILL STUDENTS GO?
In the event that
students must be moved to an alternate location, the school will attempt
to reach all parents to advise them of the alternate location. Each school
has several alternatives, depending upon the severity of the emergency and
the number of school buildings involved. Police, fire, and county and
state authorities know of the alternate locations, but for security
reasons it would be counter productive to advise of the alternate
locations until an actual emergency occurs.
ARE THERE EMERGENCY
YES – At
least once each year, the District conducts a test of its go-home (early
dismissal) plan. This year, each school will conduct two sheltering drills
and one stay-put drill. The sheltering and stay-put drills will be
conducted at various times during the school day in order to give students
and staff practice in what to do if they are not in their regular
classroom. Transportation and communication tests are part of each drill.
Additional drills and simulations will be conducted by each school’s
crisis team – at the discretion of the building principal – several times
throughout the year. The District believes that response is best when
everybody knows their role and has opportunity to practice.
SHOULD I PICK UP MY CHILD AT SCHOOL
We strongly encourage parents
to come to the school during an emergency unless directed to do so.
While every person’s
natural instinct in an emergency is to go to the school to safeguard
his/her child, please understand that doing so may significantly degrade
the school’s ability to respond to the situation. In addition, going to
the school may interfere with police or other emergency workers whose sole
purpose is to assure the safety and well being of students and
staff. Vehicles driving to the school, for example, will restrict access
of emergency vehicles or school buses that are loading children for
evacuation or to take them home. The building’s staff will be actively
working at all times to ensure the safety of all students. While it may
seem logical that every student taken home by a parent reduces the
workload of the staff, in a fast-moving situation that requires careful
coordination and communication, extra vehicles and visitors to the school
actually make the task of keeping track of all students more difficult.
MADE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES?
Each school has a detailed
plan of action that includes evacuation of students or staff who have
WHERE CAN I GET
INFORMATION DURING AN EMERGENCY?
Chances are that you may
not be able to reach the school by telephone in a real emergency.
Experience shows that staff must react to the emergency first. District
telephone lines will be busy with personnel who need to communicate to
We will, however, be making every effort to contact parents
directly by telephone, through our automated telephone system, and through
postings on the website. Principals have each child’s emergency contact information that they will keep
with them during an emergency.
The District’s website,
www.commackschools.org, will post updates throughout the course of an
emergency. The news media (radio stations WBAB. WBLI, WHLI, WINS, WCBS,
WALK, and News 12) will be contacted and kept up-to-date on all
developments, and will be asked to broadcast important information needed
by parents, just as they do when inclement weather forces school closings.
Other sources of information are PTA building presidents, who will be
among the first contacted by the school. The Superintendent and/or
principal may ask parent organizations to assist in disseminating
WHAT CAN I DO TO
The two most important
things you as a parent can do are to make certain your child’s school has
up-to-date emergency contact information, and to periodically review with
your child alternative arrangements you have made in case an emergency
prevents you from being at home.
prepared for emergencies is not only a requirement of the State, but is
also taken very seriously by the staff and administration of Commack Union
Free School District. The District has maintained an emergency management
plan for each of its schools, a plan that is reviewed and revised annually,
and after each emergency. This plan addresses an enormous range of issues,
ranging from the mundane to have dealing with the onset of a crisis, to
addressing the social, emotional, and psychological needs of staff and
students in its aftermath.
The purpose of this guide is to assist in answering some of the basic
questions that parents frequently ask about during and after a crisis.
Questions like: where do I get information; what should I do during a
crisis; and, who can I contact for help?
When disaster strikes, the first consideration for every Commack staff
member is the safety of the children in our care. This guide provides a
brief description of how the District will manage an emergency and how
Commack parents can support our efforts during an emergency.
Questions about the information contained in this guide should be directed
to your building principal.
SCHOOL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Commack Middle School
Burr Intermediate School
Indian Hollow Primary
North Ridge Primary
Rolling Hills Primary
Wood Park Primary
Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management
American Red Cross
NYS Division of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
National Dept. of Homeland
New!! Dial 2-1-1 or
non-emergency info that connects LI residents to health and human services they
may need on a daily basis or during a disaster.
Commack Union Free School District has established emergency and safety
plans for each school in the District. Each of these plans is coordinated
with police, fire, and other officials in county or state-wide agencies.
There are five general categories that the plans address. They include:
Criminal Offenses such as bomb threats, kidnapping, or
Natural hazards such as severe weather or earthquakes
hazards such as exposure to hazardous materials, explosions,
fires, or plane crash
Medical emergencies such as contagious disease, exposure to biohazards,
and accident or terminal illness of a student, parent, or staff member
Death or suicide of a student, staff member or family member