Mattos Elementary Safety Plan
If the superintendent declares a District emergency during the school day, the following procedures will be followed:
IN CASE OF A DECLARED EMERGENCY BY THE SUPERINTENDENT DURING SCHOOL HOURS, ALL STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REMAIN AT SCHOOL OR AT AN ALTERNATE SAFE SITE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR OTHER PERSONNEL ASSIGNED BY THE PRINCIPAL.
1. Until regular dismissal time and released only then if it is considered safe, OR Until released to an adult authorized by the parent or legal guardian whose name appears on district records.
2. If students are on their way to school, they will be brought to school if they are being bussed, or they should proceed to school if walking.
3. If students are on their way home from school, they are to continue home.
During a Declared Emergency, those students who have not been picked up by their parents or other authorized person may be taken by District personnel to another site where consolidated care facilities can be provided. This information will be given to the media stations and posted at the site to keep parents informed.
Parents and legal guardians of students will be provided with a Student Health/Emergency Form each year. In case of a Declared Emergency, students will be released ONLY to persons designated on this form. Parents are responsible for ensuring that information on the Student Health/Enrollment Form is current at all times.
Parents are asked to share with the schools the responsibility for informing students what they should do in case of a severe earthquake or other major emergency. Parents need to give specific directions to each student to follow the policy outlined above and to follow the directions of school personnel.
School authorities will do everything possible to care for each student while he/she is under district supervision.
It is critical that students do not have directions from parents that are contrary to the districts stated policy on retention at school and authorized release in case of a severe emergency.
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD DO during a drill or real emergency
Care for yourself and own home first. Your child will be cared for until you come to get them or until you have been contacted.
If you are close to school, do not drive. Remember that emergency vehicles could be delayed by a traffic
jam. Don’t use the phone for anything except to report emergencies (i.e., police, fire, ambulance).
STEP 1: Go to the flagpole, near the office to seek release of your own child or a child whose
release form has your name listed as a release contact. The secretaries will verify your emergency card and provide you with a release form. Take the release form to station 2 (picnic tables).
STEP 2: Once you have obtained the release form, proceed to the picnic tables near the multipurpose room. Show your release form to the staff member. The teacher or staff member will contact the site principal to send that student to the MPR. When your child arrives, sign your child out on the release form and you may leave the premises. Your child will not be released until you sign the release form.
Be patient, this will take time. The only other people who can take your child from school are those you list on the emergency release form. Therefore, it is very important to keep office release forms up-to-date.
Parents responsibility during a lockdown emergency or lock down drill:
A school may initiate a lockdown to assure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors at a school site. Parents/Guardians will not have access to students and/or staff during a lockdown or lockdown drill. Parents/Guardians are expected to cooperate with the directions of the public safety incident commander or site principal during such emergencies. Parents shall wait by the flag pole for the lift of the lockdown by the incident commander then proceed to the office once the emergency or drill has been lifted. Parents should not be near classrooms or walking around the campus during such emergencies.
Most emergency responses are covered by the following Basic Actions:
A. Action: STAND BY
Action: STAND BY consists of bringing students into the classroom or holding them in the classroom pending further instruction.
B. Action: LEAVE BUILDING
LEAVE BUILDING consists of the orderly movement of students and staff from inside the school building to outside areas of safety or planned evacuation site.
Action: LEAVE BUILDING is appropriate forbut not limited tothe following emergencies:
b. Peacetime Bomb Threat
c. Chemical Accident
d. Explosion or Threat of an Explosion
e. Following an Earthquake
f. Other similar occurrences that might make the building uninhabitable
g. At the onset of a Code Red/Lockdown Alert, when teacher/supervisor has ascertained that leaving is the best option.
C. Action: TAKE COVER
Action: TAKE COVER consists of bringing/keeping students indoors if possible and sheltering in place as appropriate to the situation.
If outdoors, Action: TAKE COVER consists of hiding behind any solid object (large tree, engine block of car, cement wall), in the event of a sniper attack, armed intruder, rabid animal, or moving immediately to a location which is upwind and uphill in the event of a chemical or biological threat
Action TAKE COVER is appropriate for, but not limited to, the following:
a. Severe Windstorm (short warning)
b. Biological or Chemical Threat
c. Sniper Attack
d. Rabid Animal on School Grounds
D. Action: DROP
WARNING: The warning for this type of emergency is the beginning of the disaster itself.
Action: DROP consists of:
a. Inside school buildings
· Immediately TAKE COVER under desks or tables and turn away from all windows
· Remain in a sheltered position for one minute silent and listening for instructions
b. Outside of School Buildings
· Earthquake: move away from buildings
· Take a protective position, if possible
c. Explosion/Nuclear Attack:
· Take protective position, OR,
· Get behind any solid object (ditch, curb, tree, etc.); lie prone with head away from light or blast; cover head, face, and as much of the skin surface as possible; close eyes, and cover ears with forearms.
E. Action: DIRECTED MAINTENANCE
a. No school personnel/students are allowed to re-enter a school facility until inspected by and authorized by appropriate school personnel: Maintenance and School Administrators, and if applicable, Police, Fire, or City Inspectors.
b. Search teams shall be sent to search for missing persons if the situation is determined safe for the Search team.
c. In the event that drinking water is unsafe, water valves will be turned off and the drinking fountains sealed.
d. Water, gas, and electrical shut‑off valves will be shut‑off for each applicable building under the joint authorization of the administration and head custodian.
F. Action: DIRECTED TRANSPORTATION
WARNING: Under certain disaster conditions, authorized officials may attempt to move an entire community, or portion thereof, from an area of danger to another area of safety.
Action: DIRECTED TRANSPORTATION consists of loading students and staff into school buses, cars and other means of transportation, and taking them from a danger area to a designated safety area.
Action: DIRECTED TRANSPORTATION is considered appropriate only when directed by the Superintendent or designee, Site Administrator, Police, Fire, or OES. It may be appropriate for, but not limited to, movement away from:
b. Chemical & Biological Alert
d. Fallout Area
e. Blast Area
f. Chemical & Biological Alert
g. Specific Man‑Made Emergency (shooting, fire, etc.)
G. Action: GO HOME
Action: GO HOME consists of:
a. Dismissal of all classes
b. Return of students to their homes by the most expeditious means homes and if buses or other transportation are available for students who live at a distance from the school. Notification of parents by radio broadcast, local television, ALERT website, phone distribution lists, or other means will be requested.
H. Action: CONVERT SCHOOL
Action: CONVERT SCHOOL to a Red Cross emergency facility will be initiated by City officials.
DROP, COVER, and HOLD
Earthquake procedures in the classroom or office
At the first indication of ground movement, all personnel should DROP to the ground. It will soon be impossible to stand upright during the earthquake. Getting to the ground will prevent being thrown to the ground.
All personnel should seek protective COVER under or near desks, tables, or chairs in a kneeling or sitting position.
All personnel should HOLD onto the table or chair legs. Holding onto the legs will prevent it from moving away from you during the quake. All personnel should protect their eyes from flying glass and debris with an arm covering your eyes.
All personnel should remain in the DROP position until ground movement ends. They should be prepared to DROP, COVER and HOLD during aftershocks.
After ground movement ends, check for injuries and safely evacuate the building. Move to a safe, open area, away from power lines and other overhead hazards.
Earthquake procedures in other parts of the building
At the first indication of ground movement, all personnel should DROP to the ground.
Take COVER under any available desk, table, or bench. If in a hallway, drop next to an inside wall in a kneeling position and cover the back of the neck with hands.
After ground movement ends, check for injuries and safely evacuate the building. Move to a safe, open area, away from power lines and other overhead hazards.
Earthquake procedures while outside
At the first indication of ground movement, move away from overhead hazards such as power lines, trees, and buildings. DROP to the ground and COVER the back of the neck with your hands. Be aware of aftershocks. Do not enter buildings until it is determined safe to do so. If walking to or from school, DO NOT RUN. Stay in the open. If the students are going to school, they should continue to the school. If going home, the students should continue to go home.
While in a vehicle or school bus, pull over to the side of the road and stop. If on a bridge, overpass, or under power lines, continue on until the vehicle is away from the overhead dangers. Wait until the ground movement stops and check for injuries. Be aware of after shocks, downed wires, or roads blocked by debris. The Bus Driver is legally responsible for the welfare of student riders.
All classrooms and offices shall have an Emergency Exit sign and Evacuation Chart posted in a prominent location.
Fire Within A School Building:
In the event that a fire is detected within a school building, use the following procedures:
The Principal or Designee will:
a. Order an evacuation if the fire alarm doesn’t work
b. Call 911
c. Notify the superintendent
d. Teachers will supervise the evacuation of the classrooms to the designated areas according to the Emergency Exit Plan posted in every classroom and office.
e. Teachers will close doors upon evacuating.
f. Teachers will take their roll books to the evacuation site and take roll. Teachers will report any missing student(s) to their Team Supervisor/ Administrator.
g. The custodian or designee(s) shall assist by shutting off gas valves, electricity, etc., or other if necessary for evacuating, putting out the fire, etc.
h. The custodian or designee shall open necessary gates for fire truck and other emergency vehicle access when appropriate. The custodian or designee will also keep access entrances open for emergency vehicles.
i. Notify students and staff when it is safe to return to the school site under the direction of the Fire Department and in consultation with the Superintendent or designee.
Fire Near School
The Principal or designee shall:
a. Determine the need to execute an evacuation if nearby fire poses an immediate threat to the students or the building.
b. Notify the Fire Department by calling 911.
c. Notify the Superintendent’s office.
d. Notify students and staff when it is safe to return to the school site under the direction of the Fire Department and in consultation with the Superintendent or designee.
Student Pick Up and Drop Off
Student drop off and pick up before and after school -
The front of the school can get a bit hectic, especially in the mornings when dropping off students and after school when picking up students at the end of the school day. We ask that all parents comply with the requests of the school personnel to ensure that everyone is safe and that the environment in front of the school is orderly during pick up and drop off times.
Please adhere to the following rules:
1. Do not leave your vehicle unattended in the drop off zone (yellow zones located at the sidewalk curb directly in front of the school).
2. Do not get out of your vehicle to assist unloading students. On most days, we have parent volunteers to assist with unloading students if necessary.
3. When possible, pull all the way to the end of the loading zone to unload your children. This allows for the consistent flow of traffic during drop off times.
4. Do not enter the school parking lot. The school parking lot is only for buses and for school staff. Kindergarten families whose children attend the 11:30 class will need to park directly across the street from the school on Farwell Drive or neighboring side streets in order to bring students to school.
5. All students should exit your vehicle at the curb side not the street side. This will prevent any unforeseen accidents with oncoming traffic on Farwell Drive.
6. Parents should never leave their vehicle in the neighborhood streets to walk children onto campus. Vehicles left unattended and who are parked illegally, will be ticketed by the Fremont Police Department.
7. Vehicles who continue to violate the drop off and pick up rules will have license plate numbers reported to the Fremont Police department for intervention.
8. Vehicles should never park in any portion of a red zone nor should they stop in the driveway entrances for the school parking lot.
9. Please be cautious with the crosswalk areas. ALL parents and students MUST use the cross walk when coming to or leaving school. We do not want to teach poor habits to children by not obeying the crosswalk laws. Remember, pedestrians always have the right of way when in a crosswalk.
The school truly appreciates everyone's help with obeying the drop off and pick up policy in the front of the school. Our priority is to keep children safe and parents stress free in the mornings and after school. Please be aware that no vehicle should make any u-turns during school hours on Nicolet due to children and pedestrian crossing.
Foot traffic on campus & holding/waiting area - (Yellow line)
When walking your children to school please be aware that no one should report directly to the classroom door before school and after school. Teachers are not available to meet with families prior to the start of the school day unless prearranged appointments have been made directly with the teacher. In that instance, the parent will report to the office for their meeting.
Located near the office area is a yellow line painted on the blacktop area. This yellow line on the blacktop area is where ALL parents and students wait for the morning bell and dismissal bell to sound. In the morning when the bell sounds, parents and students may WALK to their classroom door and have students line up in a single file line awaiting the arrival of the teacher who will open the classroom door, greet the students and let them inside for the day's instruction.
When picking up your children after school, parents are required to wait at the yellow line in the courtyard until the dismissal bell rings. We do not allow anyone to sit outside of the classrooms on the benches that are located beyond the yellow line, as it causes a disruption to the classroom environment. Having visitors sitting outside the classrooms also prevents the school personnel of ensuring an "intruder free" environment. Any location inside of the yellow line constitutes being on campus and those individuals would be in violation of the visitors to campus board policy for FUSD.