Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School
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OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL                                         TEL: 250-559-8889
P.O. BOX 1252                                                                    FAX: 250-559-8103
SKIDEGATE, B.C. V0T 1S1

 

Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School

Emergency Response Plan

 

The following are the plans for the Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School to react to major emergencies.  The plan addresses:

  1. School Evacuation (fire, bomb, poisonous substance leaks, power out, etc.)
  2. Earthquake
  3. Tsunami

In making these emergency plans, the following points have been considered:

 

  • A quick, orderly evacuation plan to a place of safety for all students.
  • The school at all times must know the location and dispensation of each student.
  • Students will be dispersed directly to a parent or guardian from a pre-arranged assembly area. (school, field or Skidegate Daycare) No students will be released without direct parent consent. Those not claimed will remain in our care.
  • Priority will be to move the younger students first as they are least able to understand and handle the disruption.
  • Staff, students, parents and the public are well informed of all procedures.
  • Rehearsals and practise drills of the procedures are regularly carried out throughout the year.

 

When evacuation from the school is necessary the school personnel will follow the guidelines below:

 

SCHOOL EVACUATION – FIRE, BOMB, POISONOUS LEAK, POWER OUTAGE, ETC.

 

  1. In a school evacuation, all classes evacuate to the school field and line up at the far end in classroom groupings.
  2. There is an evacuation map located in every classroom, as well as emergency backpacks for every classroom teacher to take with them when they leave the classroom.  Backpacks are filled with all the necessary items for an emergency except for food and water.
  3. If we are not able to return to the building, parents will be contacted to pick up their children from the field.  If there is poor weather or there are students who are not picked up, we will walk to the Skidegate Daycare to take shelter there and continue to contact parents.  There is an emergency phone tree designed so that parents will only be contacted once.
  4. All parents must sign their child out before leaving the school grounds and/or daycare.  Each teacher is responsible for making sure that his or her students are signed out.
  1. Notification of when the school will be reopened will be put on the school district website (sd50.bc.ca), Sk’aadgaa Naay Facebook Page, parent email listserve and on C.B.C. Radio.

 

EARTHQUAKE

 

  1. In an earthquake situation, we will follow the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” procedure. This procedure is designed to protect lives and prevent injuries from falling furniture and flying objects that can become projectiles during ground shaking.  Assume crash position:
    1. Drop to the ground
    2. Take cover under a sturdy desk or table
    3. Hold on until shaking stop
  2. All heavy furniture has been secured to the walls of the school and large heavy objects have been removed from high shelves.
  3. Once the shaking stops, students will be evacuated from the school.
  4. There is an evacuation map located in every classroom, as well as emergency backpacks for every classroom teacher to take with them when they leave the classroom. Backpacks are filled with all the necessary items for an emergency except for food and water.
  5. If we are not able to return to the building, parents will be contacted to pick up their children from the field. If there is poor weather or there are students who are not picked up, we will walk to the Skidegate Daycare to take shelter there and continue to contact parents.  There is an emergency phone tree designed so that parents will only be contacted once.
  6. All parents must sign their child out before leaving the school grounds or daycare. Each teacher is responsible for making sure that his or her students are signed out.

 

TSUNAMI

 

  1. In a tsunami situation, we stay at the school. Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School is the evacuation site for Skidegate.   It is advised that parents living or working in Queen Charlotte do not drive along the waterfront to pick up your children.  Parents living or working in Skidegate may want to join us at the school site.  Please use your own judgment, or follow the orders of the officials.
  2. All parents must sign their child out before leaving the school or grounds. Each teacher is responsible for making sure that his or her students are signed out if they are leaving the school.  Note: Sk’aadgaa Naay is considered the safe zone in case of  a tsunami.

 

LOCKDOWN

 

  1. In a lockdown situation that requires staff to close their classroom doors and keep the students in class because of a potential threat inside or outside the school, an announcement will be made. “Activate Lockdown, Activate Lockdown, Activate Lockdown – now!”  No code words will be used.
  2. Classroom teachers and students have been trained and have practiced this procedure, so that the classroom doors will be locked, windows covered, lights turned off and students hidden from view of an intruder.
  3. When all is clear, we will announce, “All Clear, All Clear, All Clear – School is Safe,” over the intercom system.
  4. Remain in secured classrooms until the “All Clear” signal by the Principal or Police.