Emergency Guidelines for Parents
Monroe City Schools is committed to providing a safe environment for students, employees and visitors.
personnel work collaboratively with national, state, and local safety
officials-police, fire, emergency medical services, and public health-
in order to ensure that all of the schools are well prepared for an
emergency. The district developed a district-wide Crisis Response Plan
that serves as a guide to help employees and safety partners respond
swiftly should a crisis arise.
Parents should be assured to know that the safety procedures in place in the schools are extensive. Each school has a Crisis Response Team and
safety measures in place to provide a safe learning environment for
students. All employees are prepared to respond to a wide variety of
Facts and Terms Every Parent Should Know
Should an emergency situation occur at your child’s school, it is important that parents are familiar with the following terms:
an internal lockdown, all school interior and exterior doors are locked
and students are confined to their classrooms and no entry or exit is
permissible. This takes place when there is a possible threat inside or
outside of the school.
evacuation to a Shelter-in-Place may be necessary for the following
situations: arson, fire, explosion, hazardous materials leak/spill, bomb
threat, or inclement weather (tornado, hurricane, severe
thunderstorms). Each school has a procedure for helping parents locate
their children. Parents will be directed to a specific location where
they will be required to show proper identification.
This refers to taking refuge in an area inside or outside of a school until it is safe to release students.
example, this procedure may be implemented inside for hazardous
materials that have been released into the atmosphere. This procedure
may also be implemented outside (away from the school) in case there is a
bomb threat. Every school in our district has inside and outside
Before a crisis or natural disaster occurs:
that your child’s enrollment form is current with accurate address and
phone numbers and contains emergency contact information (doctor’s name
and family contacts with authority to pick up your child).
- Check the MCS webpage for current information due to inclement weather or other emergency situations.
- Stay tuned to local television or radio stations for updates on schedule changes for schools.
In the event of a crisis or natural disaster:
do not call the school, transportation or school board office. Phones
lines, if working will be used for emergency communication.
away from a school campus if it is in “lockdown” mode. You will not be
allowed inside. Emergency protocol prevents administrators and teachers
from opening doors under ANY circumstances. They are working to
maintain calm and ensure children’s safety. It is important for parents
to respect this protocol.
- Students may or may not be kept at
home during a crisis situation. The superintendent and Public Relations
Officer will keep parents apprised of events through the local
television stations (KTVE and KNOE) and local radio stations (105 AM,
100.1 FM, and 97.3 FM).
- No elementary children will be dismissed
from school unless a parent or approved designee arrives with proper
identification. Elementary children may be moved to a different school
site is the crisis is localized.
- Bus Riders will remain with
their drivers. If a child has been left off his or her regular bus stop
prior to the disaster, you should expect to find your child at home. For
children who are still on a bus, the driver will make his/her way back
to school as conditions permit. If it is too hazardous to move the bus,
children will remain on the bus until help arrives.
- Schools are
the safest places where children can be during most crises. All school
employees will remain with the children until all have been reunited
with their parents or approved designees.