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Emergency Procedures

Here are some important things you should know in case of a major school-wide emergency:
 
  1. If the buildings are evacuated, there will be no one in the office to answer phone calls and the phones may not be working.
  2. If the campus has been "locked down", please try to limit calling the school. We will keep you informed using ConnectED phone messages and our website.
  3. Students will only be released to adults that are listed on their emergency card.
  4. School Staff will stay with students until all students have been released to their guardians.
 
When coming to school to pick up a child after an emergency, you should be aware of the following:
  1. School staff is required to stay with your child until you arrive to pick them up.
  2. No students will be released until every child can be accounted for.Parents must first go to the "Request Gate" located on Etiwanda, near the Kindergarten Building, to inform school staff that they wish to pick up their child.
  3. Parents must first go to the "Request Gate" located on Etiwanda, near the Kindergarten Building, to inform school staff that they wish to pick up their child.Parents must then proceed to the "Reunion Gate" located on Etiwanda Ave. at Los Alimos St. to receive their child.
  4. Parents must then proceed to the "Reunion Gate" located on Etiwanda Ave. at Los Alimos St. to receive their child.Students will only be released to individuals listed on the emergency cards with photo ID. (This procedure is in place to ensure a safe and orderly process for matching students with guardians. During a major emergency, everyone will be feeling anxious and we want to avoid panic.)
  5. Students will only be released to individuals listed on the emergency cards with photo ID. (This procedure is in place to ensure a safe and orderly process for matching students with guardians. During a major emergency, everyone will be feeling anxious and we want to avoid panic.)
  6. In case of an earthquake, students are evacuated out to the playground during emergencies. In the event this area is unsafe, staff and students will move to our off campus backup location at Granada Hills High School at 10535 Zelzah Ave. Granada Hills
 
     All LAUSD schools work diligently to make sure that students and staff are prepared for emergencies. Every school has an emergency plan that provides guidance for the school staff in an emergency. Every school conducts regular emergency drills that meet or exceed the state mandated requirements and accommodate persons with disabilities, such as:
 
  • Fire Drill – Every elementary and middle school practices this procedure once a month; high schools do it once each semester.
  • Earthquake Drill – Once a year, all schools conduct a full-scale earthquake exercise as part of the Great California Shake-Out. The drills are scheduled in the fall and all the elements of the school‘s disaster plan are practiced Districtwide.
  • Lockdown Drill – At least once a year, schools practice how they will respond to a threat on or near the campus.
  • Shelter-in-Place Drill – At least once a year, schools practice how they will respond to an environmental hazard on or near the campus.
  • Drop, Cover, and Hold On Drill – Every month, schools use this drill to remind students how to protect themselves during an earthquake.
  • Take Cover Drill – At least once a year, students practice how they would respond to gunfire or an explosion in the neighborhood.
 
     Parents are asked to make sure that their students actively participate and take emergency drills seriously. These drills help make public schools the safest place for students during an emergency. Each school also stocks emergency supplies to sustain students and staff. These supplies include the following: water, food, first aid supplies, search and rescue supplies, and sanitation items. These supplies are checked regularly by school staff and inspected by Office of Environmental Health and Safety inspectors.
 
You can check out our school's emergency map and download a PDF version below.