Halifax Weather Preparedness Plan

The Halifax Area School District is providing this information for public view. This information is being shared to give parents and the public a view of intervention strategies by the teachers and the administrative team that are used during the weather emergencies listed below.
 
Note: Further intervention strategies within our plan provided by the Building and Grounds staff are not listed below.
 

Tornado – During a Tornado Watch Teacher’s Response

____ Teacher will close windows and blinds

____ Remind students of tornado drill procedures

____ Define the shelter area they may need to move to

____ Review “drop and tuck” position facing the wall

____ Inform students not to be alarmed if lights go out

____ Be prepared to “drop and tuck” under desks in case of tornado without warning

 
Administrative Response

  • Superintendent will monitor Accuweather reports, keeping building administrators updated
  • Superintendent will notify Supervisor of Building and Ground to be on alert
  • Superintendent will notify school nurse to be on alert
  • Superintendent will notify Communication Coordinator to be on alert
  • Principal will inform staff and students that a tornado watch is in effect
  • Principal will remind staff and students what is expected if a tornado warning is issued
  • Principal will remind teachers in exterior rooms to close windows and blinds

Tornado – During a Tornado Warning Teacher’s Response

____ Evacuate students calmly to designated shelter area

____ Take class roster with you

____ Leave the classroom door open

____ Take roll and account for all students at the shelter

____ Keep students calm and quiet

____ If given a command to “drop and tuck” ensure all students to face the wall in the disaster position

____ If you feel a tornado is imminent, issue the “drop and tuck" command, yourself.

 
Administrative Response

  • Superintendent will notify all building principals to enact tornado response plan
  • Superintendent will notify Supervisor of Building and Ground to go on alert
  • Maintenance will shut off gas and electricity
  • Custodians will ensure all exterior doors are closed to prevent wind tunnel effect and flying objects
  • Superintendent will notify school nurse to go on alert
  • Superintendent will notify Communication Coordinator to go on alert
  • Principal will enact tornado response plan and relocate students to designated shelter area
  • Principal will issue a command to “drop and tuck” immediately where they are if tornado is reported imminent
  • Principal will invite arriving parents into shelter, but strongly suggest that students not leave school
Plan for After a Tornado Teacher’s Response

____ Take roll immediately following tornado

____ Report missing, injured or deceased students to the principal

____ Do not leave students, and note any who leave school with parents or on buses

____ Try to restore calm

____ Assist in any first aid needed in your area

____ Await further instruction

____ Keep students in sheltered area until it is considered safe to return to class, go home or be released to parents or buses.

 
Administrative Response

  • Superintendent will immediately report to shelter and affected area
  • Superintendent will instruct nurse and in-house EMT to administer first aid if necessary
  • Principals will notify 911 if needed
  • Principals will keep students in sheltered area until it is considered safe to return to class, go home or be released to parents or buses.
  • Principals will instruct staff to account for all students
  • Principals will contact Superintendent & Communication Coordinator with report of injuries, death, and damage
  • On Superintendents order, principal will enact crisis dismissal procedures
  • Maintenance will assess building damage
  • Maintenance will report damage to principal and to the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.
Earthquake Teacher’s Response

____ Have students stay under shelter until shaking stops

____ If your classroom is in imminent danger of fire, evacuate classroom immediately

____ Try to restore calm

____ Extinguish any minor fires

____ Take roll and account for all students

____ Check students for injuries

____ Report all injuries or deaths to principal

____ Administer critical first aid yourself – help may be a long time coming

____ If an evacuation is ordered, use good judgment whether injured students should be moved, and stay with critically injured students.

____ After evacuation, account for all students again

____ Keep record of all students who depart with parents or on buses

____ Await further instruction

 
Administrative Response
  • Superintendent will wait for call-in reports from building principals and B &G Supervisor
  • Superintendent will notify Communications Coordinator with information
  • Superintendent will make decisions about dismissal
  • Principal will survey school and classrooms for damage, injuries and/or deaths
  • Principal will, if needed, call 911
  • Principal will instruct staff to administer first-aid until EMS arrives
  • Principal will instruct staff to account for all students
  • Principal will contact Superintendent with report of injuries, deaths, damage
  • Principal will on Superintendent’s order, enact crisis dismissal procedure.
  • School Nurse will administer emergency care to those with greatest injuries
  • School Nurse will administer first aid to minor injuries
  • School Nurse will recruit teachers to administer first aid in their immediate areas
  • School Nurse will, when situation is under control, contact Communications Coordinator with injury/death report.

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