Dear UMS Families,
In light of the school shooting yesterday in Florida and the all-to-common incidents that have been happening nationwide, I want to make sure I am communicating clearly our procedures. As a parent, I know that it is important to know what the school will do in case of a serious safety threat, and I want to know how to get my child.
Annually, the school conducts an “Active Shooter” drill with local police. This drill is commonly referred to with students as a “Code Red” or “Lock Down” drill. Prior to the drill, I meet with the staff to explain what a staff member’s response should be in this situation. Staff members have two options: 1) shelter in place or 2) evacuate. Schools have learned from these types of crisis that allowing the adults the autonomy to make the decision about what is safest may limit the danger to students. Also, we discuss situations in which it may be appropriate to resist an intruder during a crisis.
Every time we have a drill that involves evacuation, typically a fire drill, we also practice our reunification procedures. Reunification practice helps us account for all students and prepare for returning students to their families in case of a real emergency where we are unable to re-enter the building.
If there is a real emergency involving UMS, you will be notified as soon as possible via our Skylert system. That emergency alert will notify you of the situation and how to proceed. Please keep in mind that during an emergency situation it is likely that police and/or fire will assume authority. You should follow the directions in the emergency notification, and do not come directly to the school unless stated specifically.
What should you do?
- Talk with your student about being certain to comply with any and all adults during drills and real crisis situations.
- Make sure you have your contact information up-to-date in the office at all times. We are able to contact you in an emergency via text, phone, and email, but that system only works for you if we have your correct information.
- Update your student’s emergency contacts. Only adults listed on your student’s contact list may pick up your student.
- Always carry a valid photo ID. In order to pick up a student at any time, the adult picking up the student must be listed on the student’s emergency contact list and have a photo ID.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have questions or concerns.
Scott Woods, Principal